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Oct 2, 2020

“Mr. Program” is Murdered in Belize City!

Gilbert "Mr. Program" Alamilla

The shocking murder of Gilbert Alamilla – the man we’ve come to know as Mister Program – happened in the early hours of this morning. Tonight, it is still unclear what happened at a house on Simon Lamb Street where Mister Program was stabbed to death by a man he knew.  It’s an odd, but chilling story; Mister Program was hanging with two persons he knew when another person arrived at the house and threatened to kill all three occupants.  But then, he ordered one of the men at the house to murder Mister Program. That’s the report from the police. A source alleges that the man who ordered the killing is related to one of the men who were at the house. Police haven’t released a lot of details about the killing, but here’s what reporter Andrea Polanco found out.


[Song: See I Rise playing…]


Andrea Polanco

….Prophetic lyrics twelve years after he released his hit song ‘See I Rise’.  Thirty-six-year-old Gilbert Alamilla – better known as Mr. Program –  whose life was cut short around one o’clock this morning sent shockwaves across the country. He was inside this house on Simon Lamb Street in Belize City along with two men believed to be his friends when another man stopped by. A police report says that the man threatened to kill all three occupants of the house and then he handed over a knife to one of the men and told him to kill Alamilla. The man then stabbed Alamilla multiple times and left him lying in a pool of blood. Police arrived on the scene just after one and rushed Alamilla to the hospital but by three o’clock this morning he was dead.


Kareem Alamilla

Kareem Alamilla, Brother of the Deceased

“We know that the house they found him in some friends’ house and it seems the information we got so far is that no one was in the house when the police arrived on the scene – just my brother with multiple stab wounds to his body on a table.  My sister went to the morgue and just the way she is describing him to me dah like only God could have brought him back because it wasn’t a nice sight. They really hurt him real bad.”


Andrea Polanco

“Did he go to that house often?”


Kareem Alamilla

“Well, lately, like maybe a week or two now, he mi the go there often. But normally, he would just drop in and drop out – heng with the guys probably the drink together and socialize.”


Andrea Polanco

“Did he know those guys for a long time?”


Kareem Alamilla

“Well, I nuh really sure who were the guys who were with him at the moment but the owner of the house was a good friend to our understanding there was no one in the house.  Where were you when my bredda need help? Where were you?”


It’s a bizarre and tragic story. Kareem Alamilla says that Mr. Program never disclosed if he had a target on his back. He describes his brother as a helpful and caring person – but that someone wanted him dead and he has no idea why.


Kareem Alamilla

“This dah wah intentional death. They mi wah do ah that, probably from a long ago.   They hurt somebody weh always the help people. Sometimes we try help people and they nuh really appreciate what we do for them.  He was a children kinda person. He loved kids and give them all kinda treats and gifts. That dah he. He always helped people more than he help we weh dah his bredda.”


The Alamilla family last saw Mr. Program alive sometime on Thursday night when he visited the family home on Kelly Street. According to Kareem, his brother was drinking but he was calm and at peace before he left.


Kareem Alamilla

“He mi the tek his lee drink you could notice but he nuh mi the be loud or disorderly. We left him out yah and I gone work work afterwards but we left him out here with us. I remember the last thing he mentioned to me is that unu take care of each other.”


Andrea Polanco

“How your family the process all of this, Kareem?”


Kareem Alamilla

“My family deh just – deh nuh the expect it. You know you have Santa and the reindeers – well, he was the second in line to pull the sleigh – my oldest bredda was the first and Mr Progam was the second. Now that kinda shaken up our sleigh.”


Mr. Program was also at Kareem Musa’s Caribbean Shores Political Office just a stone’s throw away from where he was killed a few hours later. Today, Musa, a friend and supporter, condemned the tragic killing of his favourite artist.


Kareem Musa

Kareem Musa, Friend & Supporter

“It was a very heartbreaking morning not just for me but for the entire community – the Kelly Street – Kings Park Community who saw Mr. Program on a daily basis. He would always stop in by our office by Baymen Avenue and last night being no exception he came by around eight-thirty and he spent almost an hour there with us. We had another artist there with us. Her name is Brittney Star and she was there and she and Program were just dropping lyrics and we were all having a very good time enjoying their music and their talent. So, it is very sad to wake up to this new this morning. I am definitely at a loss because I cannot comprehend who would want to do this to him. Everybody knew Program was harmless. He wasn’t that kind of trouble maker and he was definitely someone who believed in his own talent and he sold his music everywhere we saw him selling his music everywhere across the city and as far as Ladyville. So, it is truly a great loss to the community and to myself – he was a friend of mine. He did a remake of his hit song ‘See I Rise’ – it was the first song I commissioned for my campaign because was my favourite artist.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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