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Oct 28, 2019

Gales Point Fisherman Inmar Welch is Gunned Down

Inmar Welch

There was also a murder in Gales Point Manatee, a community located just off the Coastal Road in the Belize District. It was the first homicide to occur over the weekend. Around seven o’clock on Friday night, shots rang out in the relatively quiet community. When the echoes of the blast subsided, Inmar Welch had been gunned down. The twenty-eight-year-old fisherman had just left home and was riding his bicycle when a gunman targeted him.  A motive for his violent end on the weekend has not been established, but Senior Superintendent Hilberto Romero says that investigators are looking at various angles.


Hilberto Romero

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Police proceeded to the area where upon arrival, they found the lifeless body of Inmar Welch, twenty-eight years Belizean fisherman of Gales Point Manatee with apparent gunshot injuries. Thereafter the body was removed and taken to the morgue where it was pronounced dead on arrival. We have several persons detained for this investigation and no one has been charged at this time.”


Duane Moody

“The motive behind this murder?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“We do not have a motive at this time. We are conducting interviews and following up on the investigation.”


Duane Moody

“Is police looking into the angle that maybe this shooting may be gang related?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Yes we are looking at that yes.”


Duane Moody

“Anything on the ground as to whether it may have been a drug war going on down there?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“We do not know at this time. We are doing an investigation to determine what led to this shooting.”


Duane Moody

“Is Mister Welch known to the police to come in conflict with the law?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Well he has been charged in the past before yes.”


In March of 2017, Welch was shot in the Saint Martin de Porres area in Belize City. The alleged shooter, Curlan Phillips, a Belize resident was charged with attempted Murder.

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