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Jun 3, 2019

Big Ben is Murdered in Pregnant Alley

Alvin ‘Big Ben’ Cumberbatch

There was a murder in Belize City on Sunday morning in an area off Cemetery Road known as Taylor’s Alley.  Just before nine-thirty a.m., gunfire erupted and despite attempting to flee from his attacker, Alvin ‘Big Ben’ Cumberbatch was mortally wounded when a round caught him in the upper body.  The thirty-six-year-old security guard, a resident of nearby West Street ran into an adjacent property where he fell.  Shortly thereafter, police were called to the KHMH where they were informed of Cumberbatch’s demise.  According to investigators, a motive for the callous attack is yet to be determined and, likewise, an arrest is yet to be made.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano has the following story.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A single report from a handgun discharged by an unknown suspect near the entrance of Taylor’s Alley on Sunday morning, has plunged another Belize City family into grief.  Thirty-six-year-old Alvin Cumberbatch, known to relatives and friends as ‘Big Ben’, was in the company of several other persons when he was shot and killed in the narrow passageway.


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

“Yesterday at about 9:30 [a.m.], police were called to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they observed Alvin Jevon Cumberbatch, thirty-six-year-old Belizean of #3 West Street.  He had an apparent gunshot wound to his face.  What police have gathered so far is that Mr. Cumberbatch was sitting inside of the alley; about fifteen feet inside of Pregnant Alley when he was approached by someone and that person fired a shot at him, causing the above mentioned injuries.  He was taken to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries minutes after being treated at the hospital.”


Despite an ongoing investigation into the unfortunate incident, police are yet to ascertain a motive.  Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo is the Officer Commanding the Crimes Investigation Branch in Belize City.


Alejandro Cowo

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“There is no motive at this time.  We have spoken to family members and other friends, but up to now we have not received [any information] or know what is the exact motive behind his death.”



“Now sir, we know that he has been someone who had been shot more than once before.  Is it an old beef or is it ongoing issues between Taylor’s Alley and other areas?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“We cannot say that it’s an old beef, I know that yes, he had been shot sometime ago, but the information we’re getting is something separate that does not have anything to do with him being shot previously.”


The deadly attack in Taylor’s Alley is not the first; however, the absence of officers on duty in the vicinity on Sunday morning is puzzling since police maintain a constant presence in the area.  Perhaps the most important question to be asked is why was Cumberbatch targeted in such ruthless manner?


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“I know that he has had some run-in with the law sometime ago, but we have not heard of him for a good while.”



“Sir, have you identified any suspects as yet?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“No, we don’t have no suspects at this time.”


News Five attempted to speak with Cumberbatch’s relatives but they respectfully declined comment. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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