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May 20, 2019

Tyrick Francis is Ambushed and Killed on Fabers Road, Belize City

Tyrick Francis

The second murder for the weekend occurred in the Old Capital on Faber’s Road Extension. Tyrick Francis was shot and killed as he was walking home. It is believed that a gunman waylaid him and as he was about to make a left turn on to Krooman Road, he was ambushed. The blood stains on the concrete street are signs that Francis bled profusely before his body was placed in the pan of a police pickup truck and carted off to the K.H.M.H. where he was pronounced dead on arrival. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

It was a bloody weekend in the city, but a shooting incident on Saturday night on Faber’s Road Extension claimed the life of a twenty-year-old resident of Leodegardia Membrano Street. It is believed that Tyrick Francis was on his way home when he was gunned down as he approached the cut off to Krooman Road, less than two blocks away from where he lived.

 

Alejandro Cowo

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

“Mister Tyrick Francis was walking on Faber’s Road Extension and upon reaching by the junction of Krooman Road with Faber’s Road Extension, a male person came out of the bushes and fired several shots at his direction causing the abovementioned injuries he received.”

 

Stephanie Francis says she sensed that something had happened to her son and her daughter would confirm the tragic news shortly after the shooting occurred.

 

Stephanie Francis

Stephanie Francis, Mother of Deceased

“From I small I got this gift where I could feel things, not knowing dah my own son. My daughter come for the sugar for the baby—that dah like after eight—then when she come dah like after ten so…and she say mommy. I see she di come and I tell ahn I noh want hear. And ih say mommy see the phone yah. Dehn say dehn just shot up Tyrick and ih dead. I di tell unu, ih hurt me because as a mother, I try best with my kids dehn. I try my best.”

 

Reports are that on April seventeenth, Francis was targeted by two armed gunmen in an ongoing gang war in the Lacroix Boulevard area. He survived that incident, and police believe that his murder may have also been motivated by the rivalry in the Martin’s area.

 

Reporter

“Can you share what’s police’s hunch in terms of what may have caused his death?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Yeah we believe and suspect that it is because of that same rivalry that is in the Martin’s area.”

 

Reporter

“Any suspects?”

 

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“At this present moment, no one has been detained.”

 

A post-mortem exam was to be conducted on the body of Tyrick this afternoon; the results have not yet been disclosed. She says that losing as son is the hardest thing a mother can face.

 

Stephanie Francis

“It just hurt me fi see you raise your pikney and dah like you raise dehn fi people kill dehn. As a mother, I talk to my pikney, yo understand.  Dehn police—some ah dehn straight yo know cause I noh wah diss all ah dehn. Some ah dehn noh care about people; all dehn want do dah just pick up wah body from any hood any block.  But at the end of the day, dehn dah people pikney. Dehn dah human being just like my son. Then yo got people ihself. Dehn coulda see dehn shoot you, dehn wah watch you bleed out before any ambulance or police. But at the end of the day we dah human. Whatever dah person do, come on. I woulda mi help that person.”

 

Duane Moody for News Five.


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