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Jan 11, 2018

More Persons of Interest Brought in for Leon Garcia, Frederick Smith Killings

There have been three murders in the first eleven days of the year. Today, police said they are still questioning persons in the killings of Leon Garcia and Frederick Smith in Belize City. Garcia and Smith were fatally shot while out socializing on separate occasions. Smith was the last murder for 2017 and Garcia was the first for 2018. Garcia’s murder has triggered a spate of gang-related shootings and police have been rounding up gang members in various hotspots. Here’s what police had to say.


Alejandro Cowo

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

“Reference the murder of Mister Leon Garcia, police are still investigating that matter. We have two other suspects in custody at this moment that are being interviewed. Reference the Frederick Smith, we have one person in custody that we are interviewing at this moment. The other cases are still under investigation and we are looking for one more suspect in the murder of Mister Smith, likewise. It is two suspects, but we have one in custody at this moment.”



“In the previous press briefing, you had mentioned that one person was detained for each; they have been released already?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Yes, after they were interviewed they were released after their forty-eight hours was up. So, we have two different persons at this moment.”

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