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Jul 2, 2018

‘Packbread’ is Killed in Dangriga

Melvin Locke

Fifty-year-old Melvin Locke left his family and home on Sunday night for a routine game of dice in the Backatown area of Dangriga which he is known to frequent.  The handyman, who is also called “Pack Bread,’’ didn’t return home alive.  Just after midnight, he was executed as he and others were engrossed in a game. A lone gunman dressed in camouflage clothes emerged and opened fire, killing him instantly. His common-law-wife says she heard of the shooting and rushed to the scene, but Locke was already lifeless. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A dice game gone terribly wrong has resulted in the overnight murder of a fifty-year-old Dangriga resident.  Melvin Locke, against numerous warnings by his common-law wife, was at a residence in the Backatown area where he was said to have been gambling with friends.  The evening of betting turned deadly sometime around midnight when Locke, popularly known as Pack Bread, was assailed by an armed gunman.  As many as four shots were fired inside this yard, hitting Locke in the head and body.


Voice of: Carolyn Lopez, Common-law Wife of Deceased

“Someone came from where he got shot and told me that somebody shot him and he was dead.  I went there like an hour and a half afterwards, when the police came.  I hiked a ride with them and went to the spot and I saw him.  He was deceased.”


Isani Cayetano

“Can you share with us, perhaps a description of what you saw when you arrived at the location of this shooting?”


Voice of: Carolyn Lopez

“Well when I reached to the Backatown area, the police were processing scene.  I couldn’t see him but when they brought him out from out of the yard and put him in the police vehicle that’s when I saw him.”


According to a neighbor who asked to remain anonymous, sometime closer to twelve a.m., she heard the rattling of the zinc fence followed by a barrage of gunfire inside the property.  When the shooting subsided, she was informed that Locke had been mortally injured.  Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch, Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett:


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“On today’s date, shortly around 12:45 a.m., police responded to an area in Dangriga Town known as Backatown where upon arrival a Creole descent male person was seen motionless.  Police investigation revealed that the person who is later identified as Melvin Locke, fifty-year-old Belizean of Dangriga, was socializing with others inside a yard when they were approached by a gunman dressed in camouflage clothing who fired four shots, two of which caught the deceased, one to the head and one to the chest area.”


At present, there are no motives for the ruthless killing.  His common-law wife theorizes that it may have been over the proceeds of the dice game.


Voice of: Carolyn Lopez

“He always visits the yard because they play dice and stuff.  So that was what he was doing, I guess gambling.”


Isani Cayetano

“So this could have very well been, perhaps a dice game gone wrong?”


Voice of: Carolyn Lopez

“I guess.  I don’t really know.  I guess, because he said many times that when he loses that nobody bothers, but when he wins they keep threatening him and telling him, you know, they’ll do away with him and tell him all kind of that are not presentable to say.”


Despite the many threats, Locke continued to frequent the property.  Someone made good on those words.


ACP Joseph Myvett

“Police investigation into this matter continues.  We have so far detained three persons for interview and are continuing our investigation.”


Andrea Polanco

“Sir, was Locke the intended target because we understand that they may have been gambling?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“They were socializing but the gunman apparently pointed towards him and fired the shots.”


Andrea Polanco

“Is there anything to indicate if Locke may have had a problem with anyone or any report made before?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“Not that we know about, however, our investigation is in its early stages and we are still doing our interviews, as well as canvassing the area.”


News Five understands that in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, Locke’s attackers fled on foot through an adjacent alley.  In remembering her common-law husband, Carolyn Lopez admits that he was oftentimes an obstinate person.


Voice of: Carolyn Lopez

“Melvin was a difficult person because when he wants his way he’ll get his way, because I keep telling him stop going to the Backatown area and gambling and messing around with these younger guys, because they are younger guys, hotheaded guys and they don’t think twice to hurt.  And he keeps going to the same area.  I tried to keep him far away from me so that, you know, to show him that I’m serious about him not going to the area and he keeps doing the same thing.”


That stubbornness, despite the fact the location is also described as a known drug den, is what may have ultimately led to Locke’s demise. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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