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Apr 4, 2017

Honduran-Belizean Surprise Victim of Gun Violence

Jeffery Martinez

A shooting in the Old Capital on Monday has left a visiting Belizean in a critical condition at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. Jeffery Martinez is a citizen, but resides in Honduras. He was here to regularize his status and was planning to return to Honduras, but violence got in the way and on Monday night a gunman opened fire on him for unknown reasons. Martinez was hit at least five times to the chest and is clinging to life. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The prognosis for twenty-eight-year-old Jeffery Martinez remains grim following a near-fatal attack which has left him suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body.  The construction worker, of a Jane Usher Boulevard address, was sitting on this vehicle sometime after nine-thirty on Monday night when he came under gunfire.  According to his grandmother, Jeffery would often stand in the line of sight of the adjacent BTL tower where he would access the free Wi-Fi hotspot.  That’s what he was doing when someone rode up to him and let loose a hail of bullets.


Voice of: Rita Bevans, Grandmother of Shooting Victim

“Di bwai noh do nothing, no gangs, no nothing.  He come from Honduras.  He born here but grow up da Honduras, but he dah Belizean and he cohn cohn fix up fu he papers and thing fi go back to Honduras for Easter he say or after Easter.  Soh only dat ah could seh because he noh got no enemy, he noh got no… And he friendly and he noh heng no way.”


While he may not have socialized much with residents in the area, someone wants him dead.  That individual is yet to be identified.  For now, Martinez remains hospitalized at the K.H.M.H. in critical condition.  The elderly woman describes her grandson as a hard worker who spent a majority of his time either at work or at home with her.


Voice of: Rita Bevans

“From ih work come and ih woulda pass from ya, eat and gaan back and come back again fu watch TV with me and thing and ih come and ketch internet.  Only that he do every day.  Every day he do that.  So he ready fi go home afta ih eat and ih tell me, I gwein.  Soh, but ih stop and stand up out deh and I tell ahn please noh di stand up right deh.  He like play internet.  Soh he tell me, just now I gwein home granny.  I gwein right now, right now, but he sihdown pan di man car deh and right deh dehn ketch ahn.  We just hyah di gunshot, bout ten ah dehn.  Di doctor seh bout six ketch he pan ih chest and dehn damage ih eenside.  Soh di doctor seh maybe ih noh wahn mek it.”


With that grim outlook, the family is preparing for the worst.  What is most bothersome is that they know nothing of what transpired just outside of their gate.  The grandmother says she is oblivious as to what happened.


Voice of: Rita Bevans

“We noh know who, we noh sih nothing.  We mi deh eenside and he deh pan di street, right ya front ah di tower fi ketch internet.  Only dat I know.  So when we come out we sih ahn eena blood and soh we pick up ahn and di man help we fi ker ahn immediately to the hospital.  So only dat I could seh.  I really noh know nothing.  Nothing at all.  I neva expect that fu my grandson because he noh give no trouble.  Dat surprise me because he noh give no trouble.”


Police are continuing their investigation but have not been able to make an arrest at news time. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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