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Nov 20, 2019

Nasi, Sucu and Jahv are Murdered Several Months Apart

The third member of the Wagner family was murdered in Dangriga on the eve of Garifuna Settlement Day. The southern municipality was overflowing with revelers in anticipation of the holiday when death came knocking at the door of Jahvis Wagner.  The twenty-year-old was on Commerce Street when one of three gunmen, believed to be from Belize City, opened fire. Jahvis was hit on the forehead causing his immediate death. His step-father, Edwin Nasario and his brother Jebran ‘Sucu’ Wagner have also died violently.  Jahvis was scheduled to travel today to remove himself from the violence that has plagued his family instead his funeral is being planned. Police report that they were keeping a close watch on him, but that somehow he had returned to Dangriga for the celebrations unknown to them. Here is News Five’s Isani Cayetano.


Jahvis Wagner

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Scores of visitors from across the country converged on the Culture Capital on Monday, ahead of the Garifuna Settlement Day celebration on November nineteenth, so did Jahvis Wagner’s killer.  It is believed that whoever fatally attacked the twenty-year-old here on Commerce Street, in front of his grandmother’s place of business, is not a resident of Dangriga.  A close friend of his, who witnessed the execution, spoke with the media off-camera.


Voice of: Friend of Jahvis Wagner

“I was walking through an alley and I saw three lone gunmen and at [that] moment one of [Jahvis’] other friend arrived on a cycle.  He stopped and checked what was the problem when one lone gunman, he snapped, his gun snapped at him.  A next gunman turned around and shot “Jahv” in his forehead and one of them dropped.  The next young man that the gun snapped on he end up di chase one of the gunman but the gunman fired a single shot through wahn alley and di gunman exchanged word with the gunman and that was it.”


…and just like that another young life was snuffed out, the third tragedy for one family since the murder of Wagner’s stepfather, Edwin Nasario, on July twelfth.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police

“Police were called to the area and upon arrival they saw the lifeless body of Mr. Wagner on the ground.  He was taken to the Southern Regional Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival.  I must say that we sympathize with the mother, she must be going through a really tough time having lost her common-law husband, then a son, then a second son to gun violence.”


There are several theories behind the string of murders plaguing this beleaguered family.  At the time of Nasario’s death, it was suspected that the brazen attack during which he was shot multiple times in the parking lot of Southern Regional Hospital, was drug-related.  Since then, Jahvis’ elder sibling, Jebran ‘Sucu’ Wagner, has also been callously rubbed out in a hail of bullets.  He was attending a party on Coney Drive in Belize City when he met his end.  Monday night’s deadly shooting has police in Dangriga in search of a suspect.


Jebran ‘Sucu’ Wagner

Chester Williams

“We continue to investigate the matter.  We are looking for a person of interest.  Once that person is caught, then we’ll see where the investigation goes from there.  We know that certain information was fed to us about two weeks ago where Jahvis was concerned and we had made checks with his family and were told that he had moved from Dangriga and had been living in some other area of the country.  Apparently he returned to Dangriga unknowing to us and we only knew of his return after he was killed.”


By all accounts, Jahvis’ murder had been foretold.  Despite arrangements to travel outside of the country today, he returned to Dangriga to celebrate Garifuna Settlement Day with family and friends, against the advice of those closest to him.


Edwin Nasario

Voice of: Friend of Jahvis’ Wagner

“He was preparing to leave the country due to his brother and his stepfather that died from gun violence.  Jahv supposed to be flying out today.  Jahv supposed to mi fly out todeh.”


At the time of his brother’s death, Jahvis told News Five that he was all cried out over the misfortune that had befallen his family but also acknowledged that his sibling resided in the Majestic Alley neighbourhood.


Voice of: Jahvis Wagner, Brother of Deceased [File: Sept. 30th, 2019]

“I noh wah cover up or anything for my bredda. My bredda live through Majestic Alley and thing and right away ih involve ina something, yo understand me, but nothing I really know about cause when we come bout, dah straight smile and love and partying and dance cause my bredda love dancing. My bredda love and full of joy and every time I come round, my bredda dah jus wah smile on his face. I want chill with my bredda, cause my bredda dah my friend. I wah can’t celebrate my birthday happy now cause my bredda dah December the twenty-third and I dah December the twenty-fourth and we celebrate our birthday together. I di take this very hard mien. I done tired a cry. I feel like I di run out of tears; I just the wait for the funeral day.”


The heartbreak of losing a husband and two children, all to gun violence, weighs heavily on the mother’s being.  Commissioner of Police Chester Williams extends his condolences to the family, notwithstanding the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.


Chester Williams

“I could just imagine what she’s going through, I don’t think that no woman or person deserves to suffer what she is suffering now, but I am sure that the good Lord is going to bless her with strength and understanding to be able to overcome the travesty that she is going through at this time.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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