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Mar 16, 2020

Couple Murdered inside King’s Street Home; 4-Year-Old Critical

Philip Leslie & Shakira White

Four persons were murdered between Friday and Sunday nights; three of the murders were committed in Belize City. We start with the shocking killing of a couple.  Philip Leslie and Shakira White were inside their home in the Kings Park area when they came under attack from a gunman. Leslie perished immediately, while White died while receiving treatment at the K.H.M.H.  A third person, White’s four-year-old son, Dominic Rhamdas, was also hit multiple times and is clinging to life. Her two-year-old daughter was injured in the knee, but is stable. While there is no confirmed motive at this time, it is believed that jealousy may be at the root of the gun violence. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody.


Duane Moody, Reporting

After nine o’clock on Sunday night as Philip Leslie, his girlfriend Shakira White and her two children, ages four and two, were about to retire for the night, they came under gunfire inside a room on the ground floor of this two storey house at the corner of Landivar and Sixth Streets in the King’s Park area. As the echo from the barrage of bullets subsided, Leslie laid dead inside the house; Shakira was gravely injured and rushed to the K.H.M.H., but died while receiving statement at the K.H.M.H. While the two-year-old baby girl was injured to the knee and is stable, her brother Dominic Rhamdas is clinging to life, having been hit four times to the abdomen.


Shakira White & Dominic Rhamdas

Voice of: Andrea Blease, Aunt of Shakira White

“Mister Philip was on the ground by the door and Shakira was behind him. And my niece and my nephew, the little ones, were on the bed. Before they had a chance to take Shakira out, they had to break the wall cause Philip was already on the ground and she was stuck behind him. What my nephew did for us is took the baby off the bed and my gentleman took Dominic off the bed and put him in the police vehicle. First they were crying and then Dominic stopped crying; that means he lost consciousness. And then they rushed Dominic to the hospital. After they broke to the wall to take Shakira out, they rush she to the hospital. Shakira got seventeen gunshot and Mister Leslie took twenty; Dominic got four shots. Shakira died while they were treating her, Mister Leslie died here on the spot and Dominic, they did surgery so he is critical, but they are still fighting with him.”


Paladin Leslie says he got the call and remains in shock that his son and his girlfriend of two months had been killed. The level of gun violence has the family puzzled because neither of them was caught up in the criminal justice system.


Paladin Leslie

Paladin Leslie, Father of Philip Leslie

“He took a barrage of bullets. I heard that he took like twenty shots and the took like seventeen to eighteen shots. I noh really know weh happen, but he didn’t deserve to die like this because he is a hard working young man and he always committed to what he does and he likes what he does. He always sell food and he chose to sell pizza at Saint Joseph School and whenever he is finished off, he would go to All Saints to finish off his pizza. On weekends, Saturdays and Sundays, he sells paletas for Mister Williams; back in the days it used to be Blades where he started out at the age of seventeen. He got at least seven years with the company.  I can’t understand it yet. He noh got no problem with anybody threatening him because if something woulda happen, he wouldn’t tell me; he would tell his mom first.”


Voice of: Andrea Blease

“At first, I heard it and I thought it was someone on the street and then when I heard my neighbour hollering for me, asking me if I am okay that’s when I realise and my gentleman say babe it is downstairs…someone downstairs got shot. And then we rushed downstairs and then he said yo notice the children noh di cry no more. It is this room right yah and dah soh we they went inside, the neighbours came to assist us, went inside and started to get the chidden first.  She is not that type of person to harbour strange company. She will stay with the same company she knows for the amount of years. And if her spirit noh take you, she won’t friend you.  She’s not that type of person who wah create an enemy with yo. Ih just noh wah talk to yo. And her gentleman is a hard working young man.”


Paladin Leslie says that he believes that the double murder was as a result of a jealous ex.


Paladin Leslie

“I am hearing that the girl’s ex was jealous of the relationship that they started and he didn’t like to see my son living with her. And I don’t know what to say if he was the one who set up anything and did the retaliation on my son and her.”


Alejandro Cowo

Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division

“We are trying to establish that motive as we have spoken to several family members and it is a large number of family members that reside at that building. So I cannot tell you at this very moment who was the intended target—if it was the persons that passed away or if it was somebody else who was in the other rooms.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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