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Dec 2, 2019

Father of 1 is Executed in Corozal

Shaquille Michael Philips

The third murder victim for the weekend was Shaquille Michael Philips of Corozal Town.  After midnight on Sunday, Phillips was gunned down as he sat on the verandah of his family’s house. He was with his father who has just stepped inside to retire for the night when the twenty-year-old came under fire. His wife and son were asleep inside the house when Phillips was reportedly shot as many as eight times and expired on the spot.  Dalila Ical and Duane Moody file the following report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

A glass of water and a burning candle, a tradition to pay tribute to a life passed and for remembrance, have been set at the foot of the sofa where Shaquille Michael Phillips was sitting when he was ambushed and killed on Sunday night. It was past midnight; Shaquille was outside on the verandah having some drinks with his father, Allison Phillips, at their family home. In an off camera interview, the elder Phillips said he decided to retire for the night. It was then that the gunman made his move.


Voice of: Allison Phillips, Father of Deceased

“Round twelve thirty, minutes to one, me and he mi dehya di drink and i get sleepy and I tell he I gwein een, if he ready fo go een and he seh no. He wah stay out wah lee while mo then he gwein een. So, I seh alright, no problem. I gwein een. I have to go da work, igwein een. Then fah deh, I gaan een and as i get ina my bed I hea gunshot but first i mi think da Palomita. When I come out then is ih he ina di sofa deh.”


Dalila Ical

“When you came out, by the time you came out, had he already passed away?”


Voice of: Allison Phillips

“Yes caa when I check ih pulse, no pulse.”


Dalila Ical

“How many times was your son hit, Sir? If you are able to say?”


Voice of: Allison Phillips

“Bout eight.”


Bullet holes are visible on the wall just behind the red sofa. The twenty-year-old appears to have had little to no chance for escape. The family says they did not see anyone and are still trying to understand why Shaquille was executed in cold blood.


Voice of: Allison Phillips

“He da from ih work to home. Sometimes he noh even go da shop. He send ih wife go get the pampers and thing foh ih son and he stay home. He no goh no way. I noh know really da weh gaan aan.”


Dalila Ical

“And you don’t know if anybody wanted to harm him either?”


Voice of: Allison Phillips

“No. He neva tell me anything.”


Dalila Ical

“Was he ever threatened?”


Voice of: Allison Phillips

“Not that I know.”


Phillips leaves behind a one year old son and his wife who were both asleep inside at the time of the shooting.


Voice of: Allison Phillips

“He’s my only son. I noh have no mo, he da mi only son.  Always laughing, always smiling. I he see someone sad he tries to do something to make that person happy. I just lef it up to God and that’s it.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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