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Apr 6, 2009

Revenge may be the motive for Aaron Brooks murder

Story PictureThe twenty-ninth murder for 2009 happened just before seven-thirty last Friday night on the boundary between the Collet and Port Loyola Divisions as the old capital continues to be plagued by the highest number of homicides in the jewel. Friday night’s murder was carried out by one man who opened fire on a group of four. Aaron Brooks died instantly, revenge is believed to be the motive. News Five visited the scene and spoke with the family of the deceased.

Marion Ali, Reporting
This railing shows where the first of nine bullets hit after it ricocheted off the cap of Bart Brooks as a lone gunman opened fire on him on Friday night and a group of three other young men who had gathered in front of his home. The incident occurred around seven-thirty off Raccoon Street Extension in Belize City.

He and a sister told News Five off-camera that their brother, twenty-one year old Aaron Brooks, had left his house on North Creek to visit him and had only been there for a short while when he was shot numerous times by a youth who wore a mask.

Voice of Bart Brooks
“My lee bredda just come hail me Friday evening. He normally come check me and vibes up wid me and he just come hail me dah evening and we di drink wah floss ah brandy and smoke dollar cigarette yoh know. He sit down right yah in front yah pan wah car, four ah we deh eena this yard yah. I deh up deh soh di talk to he from my railing deh soh and all of a sudden I hear gunshots ringing out from back ah dis yard yah. Di closest spot I could ah mi run dah eena my house yoh know. I run eena my house, when I look like nine gunshot buss off. When I come outside I see like my lee bredda down pan di ground just di call fi me.”

Tanya Gentle, Sister of Deceased
“I mi deh dah front and like bout nine gunshot happen dah back yah and when I run dah back yah I just see my bredda pan di ground di lay down under blood. We noh know dah who do it nor why dehn do it. All weh we want dah justice serve because ih noh right and he never mi di do nothing.”

Brooks says even though he was the first targeted, he never managed to see the gunman because the bullets were fired from a walkway from the back of the yard approaching from Pen Road towards his house.

Voice of Bart Brooks
“My back turn. From weh I hear from di next person weh mi di stand right yah soh side ah me tell me dat di person just do soh pan he and he just fear fi his life, put di gun pan he and do soh fi shet up and he fear fi his life soh he never seh nothing, and just come right deh soh and just do it.”

Brooks is also upset because the murder occurred in front of his new home which was recently completed last week.

Voice of Bart Brooks
“I noh know why deh have to come way back ah my house, way weh part I live, come way round weh part I deh fi come tek out my lee bredda. Dat noh right. Same people dehn weh I watch everyday right round me just plot up me lee bredda death and jus come do it round me fi mek I have wah bad conscience. Di Minister just give me this house and just di explain to my lee bredda that the Minister just give me dis house and like yoh know, things just start to happen.”

Police believe the murder was motivated by revenge for a previous shooting. This afternoon they charged Neil Grey with Brooks’ murder. Marion Ali for News Five.

Twenty-two year old Neil Grey is the brother of Everal Grey, who was shot on August twenty-fourth of last year, allegedly by Aaron Brooks. Relatives of Brooks say they believe that his murder was an act of revenge because on September third, 2008 Brooks was charged with Attempted Murder of Everal Grey. Police had detained the Grey brothers for this latest killing but so far only Neil has been charged and will remain in custody until May seventh. Everal Grey is reportedly still being questioned by police.

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