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Mar 4, 2020

Who killed Keith Courtenay and why?

Keith Courtenay

The second murder on Tuesday evening happened about ten minutes after Michael Barrera was killed and this time it took place on the corner of Ebony and Sarstoon Streets in Belize City. The victim, Keith Courtenay, was shot just a stone’s throw away from his mother’s front door. Courtenay was taken to the hospital where he died about an hour and a half later. According to the family, the gun man followed him into the yard, fired multiple shots and then ran away from the scene. Here’s more in the following report:


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

His family describes him as an easy going person who didn’t have enemies – but someone wanted to send a strong message to forty-six-year-old Keith Courtenay. And on Tuesday evening, just before six o’clock, that person ran into his family’s yard at the corner of Ebony and Sarstoon Streets and shot him as many as eight times outside of this long barracks, just a few feet away from his mother’s door. He died while receiving treatment at the KHMH. Lorraine Courtenay was sitting inside her house when she heard the shots outside that took her son’s life:


Lorraine Courtenay, Mother of the deceased

Lorraine Courtenay

“Yesterday evening he gone and when he come back, I never see when he come back, but he gone sit down yonder weh deh mi the play cards and after that I hear the shooting. I mi sit right down yah and the bwai gone down deh weh he mi deh and after wards when he done, I hear him run gone so. I nuh know if he dah mi the target but I know deh kill my son.”


Lorraine Courtenay says that today, perhaps the family would have had more than one death on their hands. The killer reportedly fired the shots indiscriminately which caused Keith Courtenay to shield his grandson.


Lorraine Courtenay

“He had his lee grandson out deh with ah right, and so he get over the lee bwai because the way he mi the shoot dah like the lee bwai mi wah get shot. So he saved his life yes. Deh shoot ah yah – eight bullets inna his back and his son mi deh out deh and he gone pick ah up and ker ah dah hospital and he died there. The doctor says he couldn’t take it because everything up yah mi gone down and he mi gwein inna a coma and if he did that he neva mi wah live.”

Andrea Polanco

“Eight shots, Ms. Lorraine, it would seem that someone wanted him dead?”


Lorraine Courtenay

“Yes, ma’am. He did that to save his lee bwai. He saved his lee grandson.”


The Courtenay family says that they didn’t expect Keith to be a victim of gun violence because he lived an easy going life:


Alexander Courtenay, Brother of the deceased

Alexander Courtenay

“Sometimes I wonder how they sleep. Deh just take a life and that’s my brother. I couldn’t believe it would come here to my door step.”


Lorraine Courtenay

“He nuh have no enemy. He nuh hurt people because he quiet.”


Alexander Courtenay believes that the killer knew his brother Keith and that the murder is just another senseless act of violence that plagues this city:


Alexander Courtenay

“And then to make it worse, I feel like dah relatives because everybody know somebody around here.”


Andrea Polanco

“You think the person weh kill ah dah somebody weh know ah?”

Alexander Courtenay

“It got to be because he is from work to home.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, you think they follow his movements; they know his footsteps?”


Alexander Courtenay

“That’s right.”


Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.

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