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Feb 11, 2019

Young Basketball Player Executed in Orange Walk

Dwayne Avila-Cummings

The Orange Walk community is reeling from the murder of twenty-year-old Dwayne Avila-Cummings. The young UB student and promising basketball player was executed in the wee hours of Sunday. He had just left the Orange Walk Multipurpose Complex en route to his home at San Lorenzo Housing Site when he was gunned down. His body was found on a feeder road, off San Lorenzo Road, with a single gunshot wound to the head. His execution has everyone perplexed because Cummings is not known to the law.  Today, News Five’s Hipolito Novelo was in Orange Walk Town seeking answers.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

The body of twenty-year-old Dwayne Avila-Cummings was discovered at around twelve-twenty on Sunday morning along this stretch of dirt road off San Lorenzo Road, Orange Walk. Residents of the area heard gunshots go off before the shocking discovery was made. Police say that Cummings received a single gunshot wound in the head. Police notified the family a few minutes after.


Deja Lopez

Deja Lopez, Sister of Deceased

“I didn’t believe it. I said no, it’s not my brother. I asked him if it was an accident. He said no, gunshot. I said no, it’s not him because no one would ever shoot my little brother. So he said yes, show me a picture. So we showed police a picture and he said, yes it was him.”


Before his untimely demise, Cummings was at the Orange Walk Multi-Purpose Complex where the Orange Walk Running Rebels- a basketball team that he formed part of, played. He left the complex sometime after eleven o’clock on Saturday night.  Investigators say he left alone and on foot. The area where his body was discovered is extremely dark at night. His family is trying to figure out who wanted him dead and why.


Deja Lopez

“My little brother has ‘beef’ with no one. He is the most loving person I know. He was always smiling. I don’t know why.”


Raheem Cummings, Cousin of Deceased

“Everybody knows Dwayne as a cool guy. Dwayne was always smiling and friendly with everyone so I don’t know why anyone would want to hurt him.”


Hipolito Novelo

“He didn’t seem uneasy or something weird about him?”


Raheem Cummings

Raheem Cummings

“Only thing is that he was kind of frustrated about was the basketball games and he wasn’t happy about his performance. Just the sport because he really takes basketball as a passion. So lately he was kind of frustrated about his play and the team. That was the only thing I can say. The reports that we got are that he left alone. People are saying that he gets drop but he just put on his earphones and started walking home. Maybe because of the frustration he just wanted alone time.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Would he usually walk that area?”


Raheem Cummings

“No, he usually borrows my mom’s vehicle or gets a drop. I don’t know what happened this time. He doesn’t usually walk by himself like that.”


Hipolito Novelo

“What do you believe was the motive?”


Raheem Cummings

“I can’t say. I can’t say. I can’t see why anyone would want to hurt him. No idea.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Do you believe it is a case of mistaken identity?”


Raheem Cummings

“Everyone knows Dwayne in Orange Walk, I don’t think they were mistaken.”


Cummings was reportedly found with his headphones on and his personal belongings. While investigators have ruled out robbery as the possible motive, persons of interest are in police detention.


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“At this point in time we are still trying to establish a motive in relation to that. Police have detained two persons. We are looking at several surveillance footages while we continue to look for witnesses. We had also detained several persons where their vehicles were impounded and those vehicles were processed. We are in close communication with the family and we have dispatched additional investigators on the ground in order to try and come to a conclusion in relation to this case and bring those responsible to justice.”


And to the killer or killers, the Cummings’ family had this to say:


Dwayne Cummings

Raheem Cummings

“He just didn’t only take away another person. He is not just another statistic like we have in Belize. He really hit a soft spot with this one, man. Dwayne, as you can see, was loved by the entire community. It is so sad. It really hurt us. It really hurt us a lot.”


Deja Lopez

“Honestly I just want to know who did it and why because my little brother was so innocent. To me, god will be the one who will deal with everything and I just hope that we find out. I don’t wish that person any bad. God will handle him.”


Hipolito Novelo, News Five.


Belize City Councillor Micah Goodin has offered a one thousand dollars reward for information leading to an arrest of the culprit.

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