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Jul 7, 2020

Families Want Justice for Slain Men

Raheem Faber & Raheem Miles

The state of emergency for the south side of the city is a temporary measure of thirty days to prevent further bloodshed and other violence in the streets of the Old Capital. Raheem Myles was likely killed in retaliation for the murder of Rakeem Faber over the weekend and police are moving to prevent unrest. At least one hundred suspected gang members from two gangs are being targeted and were detained this morning. But the families of Faber and Myles continue looking for justice. Here is News Five’s Duane Moody with a report. 


Duane Moody, Reporting

There is tension in the city tonight as investigations continue into the weekend murders of Raheem Miles and Raheem Faber. They were killed less than twenty-four hours apart and were not known to be friends. But police have confirmed that their murders were gang-related and that Miles was shot and killed in retaliation of the murder of Faber.


Chester Williams

Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police [File: July 6th, 2020]

“The shooting of Raheem Myles, from what we are seeing is in retaliation for the death of Faber. And yes these are things that just came up; it’s not longstanding issues, but things that just emanated and swiftly resulted into the two shootings. And may I say that from a police standpoint, we are addressing the issue.”


Kevin Miles says that he found out about his son’s demise from a friend in the U.S. who called and told him the tragic news. What he was doing on Faber’s Road and who he was with, are still unknown. Kevin says that Raheem lived with his common-law, had a son and was expecting another.


Voice of: Kevin Miles, Father of Deceased

“I mi deh home di lay down. Come from work, gone home about five-thirty. I mi di watch western and one of my friends called me all the way from Chicago and I neva believe it. I noh know weh gone on yah and I noh know weh gone on with my son. Both of them end up dah the wrong place at the wrong time.”


The family of Raheem Faber was too distraught to speak today as we are told that post-mortem examinations were scheduled to be conducted on both deceased men. They were both young—Faber, nineteen years old, and Miles, twenty-three—when their lives were cut short.  But the families want justice.


Voice of: Kevin Miles

“That really hurt me because I got three daughters fi live fah; that dah my only son. My heart got a big hole in deh. I feel like an empty crocus bag. I just want bury my son and try forget about what happen. But I noh wah forget cause end of the day, that dah still yet my son.   I noh know how ih feel back then when lotta people di talk, but now I know how ih feel when people di grieve about dehn love one. My son dah wah loving person.  My son lef three bredda and three sister behind.”


Duane Moody

“You know if he and the next young man were friends?”


Voice of: Kevin Miles

“I noh really sure cause from this COVID-19 thing begin, I noh see my son; dah just call pan phone or text over Facebook. And from this thing happen I noh see my son and up to now, I still yet noh see ahn. I noh believe my son dead.  My son dah noh wah bad person. My son noh go try shoot or mek problem with people. My son wah solve problem with you front ah yo face like wah man – make we crash this. That dah my son; I know my son and I raise my son the right way.”


Alejandro Cowo

Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division [File: July 6th, 2020]

“We know that yes he had a history with police, but for almost a long time, we know that he had left that life and was committed to other things. We have not had an encounter with him for almost less than a year, but he has not been with us for a good while.”


Crime Stoppers Belize in collaboration with the Belize Police Department is giving rewards of up to two thousand dollars each for information leading to an arrest and charge in either of the cases.  Kevin Miles believes that if the curfew was still in effect, his son would still be alive.


Voice of: Kevin Miles

“If this curfew mi still deh, the two young man neva mi wah dead. And like weh I say, at least dehn could bring back this thing yah mien and I di beg fi make dehn bring it back.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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