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Apr 13, 2018

1 Held for Sudden Death of Marcia Downs

Marcia Downs

There are more details tonight on the murder of former Great Belize Productions Channel Five employee, Marcia Downs. She will be laid to rest this Saturday following funeral services at Central Assembly of God Church on Freetown Road.  On Wednesday night, she was executed at a gate leading to her house off Handyside Street, Belize City, and in proximity of a police check point in the area.  As her family and co-workers continue to reel from the shocking execution, there are still so many lingering questions about why and who cut short the life of the mother of two. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

One person remains in custody tonight as police continue to investigate the murder of thirty-seven-year-old Marcia Downs, who was executed on Wednesday night in her yard off Handyside Street in north side Belize City. Marce, as she is affectionately known by staff here at Channel Five, is the fourth female killed by gun violence in just over a month, which started with the murder of Bernadine Lauriano on March ninth.  Marcia left work after four on Wednesday and was shot and killed four hours later.



Michael, Boyfriend of Deceased

“Miss Lorraine say Tee-Tee dah your gial Marcia. My gial Marcia? And hear how I know dah she too mien; understand me, I noh even hesitate cause I done know dah my gial already because when I call she, she noh answer and she noh play with me; she answer me right away off ah di bat. And I know she deh online. When she deh online, we quarrel for simple things cause she know I love she bad. I feel like ih di do something. From dehn tell me that, I done know bwai it could be my woman. Five, ten minutes after she get shot, I gone dah hospital. When I gone dah hospital, I wait ina room about five minutes. I gone and see my woman and I just watch the bullet hole ina my woman. Watch dehn di try deal with my woman. Dehn tell me I can’t go in there, I still gone way in deh, push myself and I watch my woman still di breathe—still di try flungs. Dehn di deal with ahn, all kinda thing fi get ahn back; I watch it. Dehn tell me I can’t stay in there, so I just respect dehn and I gone out back. And I just holla hard—you can ask them even—“just make it babe; just be strong babe, just be strong.” And I walk out back. About two or three minutes after, the nurse just hail me in and tell me she do everything she could fi ahn and ih couldn’t make it. Ih get shot middle ahn the center ah ih forehead. Dah like execution style. Dah like weh she do? Weh she do so bad fi make bullet dah the middle ah ih forehead? Wah woman?”


It is that thought—that no one is spared from the urban gun violence that has left family and friends in disbelief. And despite a police checkpoint less than a block away at the corner of Gabourel Lane and Handy Side Street, the gunman was still able to carry out the execution. The firearm has still not been recovered.


Wilfredo Ferrufino

Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, C.I.B., Belize City

“The investigation is pretty young at this stage, we don’t have a motive at this time. We are looking into some leads and as investigation goes on, then we will confirm.”


Duane Moody

“Are your investigators able to determine whether Miss Downs knew her killer?”


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“Yes, she may have known the individual.”



“Sir we understand that the shooter may have shouted her name to catch her attention and that’s when she looked in his direction and he would then open fire. Is that something similar to what your investigators are receiving on the ground as well?”


Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino

“I don’t want to go into any details with regards to the investigation.”


While one person has been detained for the murder, Michael says that a few relatives believe that he may have been involved because the couple got into a quarrel earlier that day and he was texting Marcia just before she was shot.  He says that is farthest away from the truth because he loved her.



“Before she left from work, we gone through an altercation through the phone because I tell she that police dehn just mess with me babe and I frustrated babe. My gial phone mi deh right pan ahn when time she mi di come. Ih son know the password and ih could show yo di text weh me and she gone through. Woulda feel that dah me take my gial life, but if dehn woulda only know weh Marcia to me.”


Marcia leaves behind two children. Duane Moody for News Five.

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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