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Dec 2, 2019

Richard Smith is Murdered in Hattieville

Richard Smith

In Hattieville, Belize District, a man was murdered on Friday evening. As investigations take place, police say that they don’t know much about the shooting death of twenty-six-year-old Richard Smith who was heading home when he was ambushed.  At this time, they only know that he was socializing right before he was killed. Andrea Polanco reports.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Gun shots rang out along this back road in Hattieville on Friday evening some-time around six-thirty; the target – twenty-six-year-old Richard Smith.  The Hattieville resident was walking through the Farmers Site when he was shot and killed.


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

“Investigation revealed that he was at a house in that area along with some friends. He left from area and thereafter several gunshots were heard and that is when he was found lying motionless in that particular area.”


Hilberto Romero

Andrea Polanco

“Sir, you can’t say if perhaps something transpired at that house – an argument or a quarrel or anything that would result in…?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Not that we know of. No.”


Police say that they don’t know why Smith was killed.


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“We have no motive at this time. Our investigators are out there trying to put together what transpired.”


Andrea Polanco

“From what you know, sir, is he someone with a colorful past- in terms of criminal activities; maybe gangs…?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“We have dealt with him in the past but that is all we know.”


Police have no suspects at this time. Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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