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Sep 7, 2020

Belize City Man Murdered In Front of Pregnant Girlfriend

Dellin Dougal

Criminals were on a rampage over the weekend; three men were killed in separate incidents and there was further violence in the City and elsewhere. On Sunday night, death came knocking at the door of twenty-five year old Dellin Dougal. Dougal was at home on Mckay Boulevard when two gunmen walked upon the steps of the house. Dougal was along with his pregnant girlfriend when he came under fire. Dougal attempted to shield his pregnant girlfriend and fell. The second gunman then finished him off. Here is Hipolito Novelo with a report.


Hipolito Novelo reporting

Twenty-five year old Dellin Dougal died here, on these stairs of his home on McKay Boulevard in Belize City. He was gunned down by two young men on Sunday night at around eleven-thirty. Dougal was on the veranda with his pregnant girlfriend goggling parts for a refrigerator for repairs when the gunmen appeared. They entered the yard, and spoke to the people on the ground floor before making their way up the stairs.


Florence Haylock, Sister of Deceased

“Two young man came to the yard but they went downstairs and I think they were talking to her little brother and they asked him if they sell fonto. He said that they don’t sell fonto at all those stuff. Afterwards, according to my sister-in-law, she said that the young man said that he is going up to see the general and so the young man made it his business and went upstairs where my brother and his girl was at. She said she told the young man you can’t come up here. What are you doing here? And then the young man said, I came to ask him for a cigarette. And then my brother told him I don’t have any cigarette and I don’t sell any cigarette.”


Little did Dougal know that he was facing death. One of the gunmen quickly pulled out a firearm and fired a single shot, hitting Dougal in his chest. Dougal jumped towards the gunman, protecting his pregnant girlfriend from bullets.


Florence Haylock

“The young man just hauled out a gun and just shot him in the chest. She said that my brother held his chest and jumped in front of the young man like he was fighting him for his life or maybe he didn’t want the gunman to kill his girlfriend too because she is pregnant. And he has a three-year old son too.”


Dougal and the first gunman fell on the stairs. That is when the second attacker came to finish the job.


Florence Haylock

“Two of them drop through by the steps while the other gunman shot up him in his face. The other because two of them had gun. She said when my brother fell, he fell on his face and she was flipped him over his eyes and his mouth were opened, and then afterwards she said that the next young man finished shot him.”


The family is left with many questions, including who killed Dougal and why.


Florence Haylock

“I can’t stay here and say that my brother was a good young man or a bad young man. But in our eyes and in our family, he is good because he is my brother. He is my family. I don’t know what he is does in the trip so I won’t stand here and stay he is innocent. But it just hurt the way how the way they took his life like that.”


Hipolito Novelo

“Did the wife say that these were like teenagers?”


Florence Haylock

“Yes. She said they were young, young man. She said that they looked like they were in their eighteens. She said that my brother jumped in front of her to save her life because, according to her, maybe she would have been gunned downtown because she said that the gunman were very angry and determined about a cigarette but that just used that to do their work or who send them.”


Hipolito Novelo

“You believe that they were sent by someone?”


Florence Haylock

“I think so.”


Investigators are following all leads, including a gang related angle.


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“We have no motive as this time.”


Andrea Polanco

“Is Dougal involved in any sort of gang business in the city?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“We have gathering information that he is affiliated to a group in that area.”


Florence Haylock

“I just like to say to the gunman who did that, I don’t know why you did that but I would just pray for you. You just took away a man from his children, you left his family suffering.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo. TAG

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