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Oct 13, 2020

A Bold Murder on Yabra Court

Shakeem Dennison

The second person to die in a hail of bullets over the weekend is Shakeem Dennison. The twenty-six-year-old was brazenly murdered on Monday afternoon when he was playing basketball, the sport he loved. The gunman rode up to the court on Yabra and opened fire on Dennison. He was rushed to the hospital, but succumbed. Dennison cared for his elderly grandmother who was too shaken to appear on camera today. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A huge fan of basketball from childhood, twenty-six-year-old Shakeem Dennison lost his life on Monday evening doing what he loved, shooting hoops with his friends.  Shortly before five p.m. on Monday, Dennison was at the Yabra court playing ball with several others when someone got off a motorcycle, walked up to him and shot him dead.


Alejandro Cowo

Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., C.I.B., Eastern Division

“Yesterday, just at about minutes before five, police responded to shots being fired in the Yabra area, specifically at the basketball court.  When police arrived at the location, they observed Shakeem Dennison, twenty-six-years-old of a Belize City address suffering from apparent gunshot wounds to the body.  He was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries whilst receiving treatment.”


The suspect who took the life of the Belize City youth is described as a person of dark complexion, slim built and stands about five feet, nine inches.  He rode a black Meilun motorcycle, approached from the direction of the nearby cemetery and fled in the direction of the Yabra bridge.  Dennison’s bed-ridden grandmother told News Five that he has been her caregiver ever since she took ill at the beginning of the year.  She also attested that her grandson was not involved in gang activity.


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“What we know is that he was at the basketball court along with other friends playing basketball when a male person came, rode up on a motorcycle and went direct to him and fired the shots causing his fatal injuries.”


Andrea Polanco

“Any idea why he was killed?”


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“Well, we are presently interviewing family members to try and establish a definite motive but up to now we don’t have any direct [motive] as to what would have led to his death.”


Andrea Polanco

“Currently in your investigation is it showing if he may have had any sort of rivalry, any feud, any beef with anybody?”


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“Not that we know.  He does not reside in that location, he just, now and again, goes to play basketball along with other friends.”


Andrea Polanco

“Does he have any connections to any of the gangs?  Is that in his background?”


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“Not that we know.”


Andrea Polanco

“So when that happened yesterday, I imagine that other persons were around.”


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“Yes, there was a group of persons that were playing at the basketball court.”


News Five understands that Dennison, a resident of Rivero Street, lost his job due to the COVID-19 pandemic and had been taking on odd jobs in the neighbourhood.  A police investigation continues. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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