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Nov 6, 2017

In Orange Walk, Son Sacrifices Life for Mom

Amit Moryani

Minutes later in Orange Walk, a businessman was murdered in front of his business on Friday night. Thirty-seven-year-old Amit Moryani was inside his store when he saw two men assaulting his mother, Babita.  He ran out to assist her and that is when one of the assailants shot and killed him.  The killers, nevertheless, escaped with her purse containing three hundred dollars.  Police are actively seeking two suspects for this homicide.  Amit is described as an easy going and friendly resident of Orange Walk Town. Today, we spoke with his family about the tragedy that unfolded on Cemetery Street. News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports.


Voice of: Dr. Kishore Punjabi, Cousin of Amit Moryani

“We never expected somebody so young to go. He was the only child for them. Obviously, that takes a greater toll; we are not only talking emotional, but also financial. But how do you get back to the original point?”


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Businessman Amit Moryani was killed in front of his mother here outside the family business, ‘P&P Supermarket,’ on Cemetery Street in Orange Walk Town. The thirty-seven year old was inside his store on Friday night just before nine o’clock when he looked out and saw two men assaulting his mother Babita Moryani. Apparently, the two men lay waited Babita who routinely closes her business just up the main street and would head over to P& P. But that night, as she climbed the steps, she was brutally attacked and robbed. One of two men knocked her in the head with a firearm and dragged her by her purse, which contained three hundred dollars – that is when her only child, Amit, ran out to help her. Instead, he lost his life. After he was shot to the chest, Amit was rushed to the hospital where he died about an hour later.


Babita Moryani

Voice of: Dr. Kishore Punjabi

“He did not go to save a bag of money unlike what they are saying. He just came because his mother was being held up with a gun; she was hit in the head with a gun and he came in the middle to rescue her. He probably did not know. He was angry. Maybe it was fight or flight but we do not know. Two bullets got him. One of them was the fatal one. I know the doctors tried their best. Dr Coleman tried to save him but the damage was too much from one of the bullets. He sacrificed his self for his mother and she still lost everything.”


Moryani was born and raised in Orange Walk Town where he lives with his family and was the father of two young children. His aunts and uncles relocated from India to Belize in 1980. Since then they have opened multiple businesses in different parts of the country. He and his family have been active members of the Orange Walk Town community. His family says that as a community they condemn the murders and other crimes happening across the country.


Voice of: Dr. Kishore Punjabi

“It hits us at home over here, regardless if it’s Chinese, Indians, we are feeling it. We could claim that is the economic downturn or whether it was a lack of morals, but we need to re-examine it. Yes, we don’t have the mass murder like some other countries, but it doesn’t need to be a mass murder to indicate that there needs to be a change.   Regardless of whether it is a Belizean thing, a Chinese or Indian thing, we are feeling it. But Indians have always condemned it. Unfortunately, just like the Chinese we are always in the midst of it because we do have a lot of businesses; but regardless of whether it is a businessman or somebody who is in a gang, it is just harsh.”


Andrea Polanco

“Is the community thinking about doing something?”


Voice of: Dr. Kishore Punjabi

“Indeed we are looking into those aspects; but we do want to do something a bit positive in terms of neighborhood monitoring and more people are trying to get camera systems and all and it doesn’t necessarily mean just for inside their stores, for the alleyways and the roads and all. But cameras won’t stop somebody’s death necessarily but definitely we need to spread the message across that killing somebody is not the way to get through with this.”


Police are using surveillance video from the area to help them solve this latest homicide in the north. They are now looking for two men from Orange Walk. The cops believe that these men are responsible for other crimes committed recently in the Orange Walk district.


Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Belize City Police

“Yes it is a random act. If you have noticed in the past, Orange Walk has been targeted in several parts of the district; it was in Carmelita; Trial Farm; now they are in the center of Orange Walk. They are moving around all around in the district of Orange Walk not as at a specific location.  We believe that this is a random thing – first they attacked Chinese nationals and now they attack Indian nationals; so, now, any business owner that they see vulnerable it them who they attack.”



“Sir, you believe these are the same operators from the Chinese Store?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Yeah. It is possible. We believe it is the same person that is behind the two first robberies that is behind this one.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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