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Feb 11, 2019

The Star Athlete: Dwayne Cummings

Dwayne Cummings

Dwayne Cummings is the second UB student to be murdered in less than five days. He was a business student at the University of Belize. A statement from UB’s President Professor Clement Sankat reads, quote, Dwayne was a well-loved, out-going and an exceptional student-athlete at the University of Belize. He played basketball for the UB Jaguars and was pursuing an Associate in Business, unquote.  UB’s Head coach, Darren Bovell, said that even though Cummings was a star athlete on UB’s Jaguars Basketball team – very skilled, very tenacious, he was one of the humblest, shy and soft-spoken players he had ever coached. Professor Sankat says that these senseless killings must stop as it is destroying the fabric of society, especially promising young students. Joining the university is Muffles College High School. In a statement, the school said that Cummings was an outstanding student-athlete at Muffles College, he led his team to rejoice in many victories and was the recipient of the Eloy Avila Athlete of the Year award at graduation in 2014. He remained an active friend of Muffles College by assisting in the coaching of its varsity teams. The school says that Cummings’ ‘untimely death is a tragic reminder that as a country we are failing our young people.’ Cummings recently joined the National Sports Council as the Administrative Officer in Orange Walk Sports. Tonight, we take a look at the life of Dwayne Cummings, the star athlete.


Hipolito Novelo Reporting

On Sunday night, family, friends, and members of the sporting community in Orange Walk gathered at the San Lorenzo Housing Site to pay homage to the slain young basketball player, Dwayne Avila-Cummings. Cummings was executed early on Sunday morning as he made his way home. His body was found off the San Lorenzo Road, with a single gunshot wound to the head.


Raul Rosado

Raul Rosado, Manager, Orange Walk Running Rebels

“I was shocked. I could not believe it. He was not someone who was involved in any type of activities. He tries to do the right things and he was guided by his family. They have a lot of influence on his life and in trying to mould him the right. He was on that path so it was very disturbing and very shocking.”


Roger Reneau, Team Captain, Orange Walk Running Rebels

“At first honestly it felt like it was a dream. You pinch yourself, thinking that you would wake up and it was a joke, thinking that someone is playing around but it was hard to believe. It was heartbreaking.”


From all accounts, Cummings was loved in Orange Walk for his vibrant and caring personality. He was an up and coming basketball player. On July thirty-first, 2017, Cummings gave this interview to Councillor Ladrick Sheppard.


Ladrick Sheppard, Councillor, Orange Walk Town [Date: July 31st, 2017]

“Tell us about this opening night basketball tournament in the senior division. Tell us how your team performed tonight.”


Dwayne Cummings

Dwayne Cummings, Deceased [Date: July 31st, 2017]

“We started off well. In a couple quarters we were down but we managed to get back up.


Ladrick Sheppard

“What is the name of this team? And tell us how this team was put together.”


Dwayne Cummings

“The name of our team is Monsters.  We broke up, we were supposed to play with one love but we asked Roman to join his team but our name is Monsters.”


Ladrick Sheppard

“There are five teams for the competition, tell us how your team will perform later on.”


Dwayne Cummings

“I hope we perform well. We came up on a big victory tonight and I hope we manage to keep it up.”


Ladrick Sheppard

“Overall, do you think that this is something great for basketball in Orange Walk?”


Dwayne Cummings

“Well yes because everyone is looking out for this season.”


Ladrick Sheppard

“Last question Dwayne, who do you like to thank for this great victory today?”


Dwayne Cummings

“Well I like to thank my stepfather. He trained us and coached us. Thanks to my mom. She is always there for us and to everyone else who support us.”


Cummings went on to join the Orange Walk Running Rebels and had been advancing his skills and techniques. Manager and C.E.O. of the Orange Walk Running Rebels Raul Rosado describes Cummings as a ‘humble and respectable young man’.


Raul Rosado

“He joined the NEBL team, two seasons now. He was the runner up for the rookie of the year last year. He is a by extension part of the Rebels basketball organization because he plays in the other categories due to his age and youth. For the Orange Walk Running Rebels Elite team he was a crucial part of the organization and the team because he was an upcoming and coming start, a local star. He had a bright future when it came to basketball.”


Team Captain, Roger Reneau says that the beloved basketball player showed commitment and discipline for the sport.


Roger Reneau

Roger Reneau

“Dwayne was defiantly was one of our best player in Orange Walk. He works hard both on and off the court. He is a very humble person. If you see Dwayne he is always smiling and if you are around him he makes you smile. He brings the happiness to the team and he brings dedication and hard work to the team as well.”


Cummings’ charming personality was felt off the court as well. His sister Deja Lopez recounts the last conversation she had with him.


Deja Lopez

Deja Lopez, Sister of Deceased

“I was with him the Saturday morning before he left. He slept outside and we were talking. My little niece asked ‘who ate my biscuit?’ I said it can only be Dwayne. Only he likes to eat people thing. I asked him if it was him and he said that of course it was him, who else would do that? So we started to laugh and that is how it stayed. That was the last conversation me and my brother had.”


Hipolito Novelo, News Five.

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