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Sep 7, 2020

Curfew Lifted; Edwin Vanegas is First to be Shot and Killed

Edwin Vanegas

There was a second murder in Belize City. A mechanic was shot while inside his vehicle on Santa Barbara Street on Friday night. Thirty-seven year old Edwin Vanegas was murdered after he left a party in the Port Loyola area. Police say he had an argument with another man and was shot and killed as he drove off. One person is detained. Here is News Five’s Isani Cayetano with a report.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

No sooner than the curfew had been lifted on Friday than a thirty-seven-year-old mechanic met his demise in a hail of bullets on Santa Barbara Street.  Edwin Vanegas was found motionless inside this vehicle shortly before midnight on September fourth, he had been shot multiple times moments earlier.


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, NCIB

Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Around 11:56 p.m., police visited Santa Barbara Street, Belize City, where they observed the lifeless body of a male person later identified as Edwin Vanegas, thirty-seven-years-old with gunshot injuries to the body.  He was found inside a car that was stationary at the time.”


It would later be learned that Vanegas, of Nicaraguan extraction, had been involved in an argument with someone prior to the deadly shooting.  According to his family, they were all partying at home on Curl Thompson Street in Port Loyola when he left to purchase more liquor.  What drove him to his old neighborhood is still something that they are trying to figure out.


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Vanegas had an argument with a male person on Santa Barbara Street and then he drove off.  Shortly thereafter, several gunshots were heard and the vehicle came to a stop at a short distance ahead.  He was taken to the KHMH where he was pronounced dead on arrival.  Investigation continues into this matter.”


The family believes that Vanegas may have attempted to escape from his killer by driving off.  He didn’t get far.


Andrea Polanco

“Sir, do we know what’s the nature of that argument?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“We do not know at this time.”


Andrea Polanco

“Any suspects?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“No suspects at this time.”


Andrea Polanco

“Did Mr. Vanegas have any beef, any rivalry with anyone?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

 “Not that we know at this time, no.”


Andrea Polanco

“Was he robbed?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

 “Not that we know, no.”



“Sir, was the car out of control for any period of time?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“No. He drove off and then the car came to a stop a short distance ahead.”


Recovered from the scene of the incident were six expended shells, as well as three slugs, all Aguila brand.


Isani Cayteano reporting for News Five.

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