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Mar 1, 2021

Phillip Wallace Gunned Down in Belize City – Fourth Son to Die by Gun Violence!

Phillip Wallace

So many families in Belize have lost loved ones to violence, but for one Belize City mother, the cycle just never ends.  Today, News Five spoke with Irene Wallace, who has had four of her sons murdered, with the most recent on Friday night.  Reporter Andrea Polanco has more in the following story.

 

Irene Wallace, Mother of Deceased

“2004 the first one was Charles Wallace Junior.  2005 was Andrew Wallace. 2016 was Michael Wallace and now 2021 Phillip Wallace. Suh ah nuh know who next! Believe you me, I think I have to be the gun woman after this because I nuh wah have nothing to lose because my pickney deh dead.”

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

When Phillip Wallace left his home on Reggae Street Friday evening, his mother had no idea that would be the last time she would see him alive. Irene Wallace heard the gunshots that took her son’s life just before eight o’clock.  Phillip Wallace was standing here at this alley at the intersection of Kraal Road and Haynes Street in Belize City when he was shot dead.

 

Irene Wallace

“I watch my phone when I heard the gun shot – 7:42.  My next son Robert come and tell his stepfather dad dah gunshot? His stepfather tell ah yes dah gunshot.  I come out and tell ah honey that dah gunshot, right? And he say yes and I tell ah that dah close to home and I tell ah I feel weak.  Dah when he get wah call that said it was papi deh shot. I start to bawl and scream out and I feel my whole chest want to buss open.”

 

Irene Wallace says that she doesn’t know why Wallace was killed.  She has heard, however, that there may have been an incident earlier that day.

 

Irene Wallace

Irene Wallace

“Everybody tell me  a misunderstanding had happened at Kraal Road the same Sunday morning but my son neva know about it and dah mi anybody weh deh find from this area mi gwein down. That’s after the incident when they tell me about it.  My message to the people deh weh kill my son – unu wah keep on the run; run dah weh unu wah run. Just like how I the hurt, I can’t the eat. I dizzy and lone tremble. They don’t know what they do to me and my family.”

 

The pain of gun violence has now visited Irene Wallace’s home on Reggae Street for the fourth time. Her first son was killed in 2004 and now her fourth was killed Friday night. It’s a trail of tragedy that has left this mother grieving and feeling hopeless – but she says it is not because of a lack of trying.

 

Irene Wallace

“This is the fourth – ah nuh know who else.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Why do you think your sons have become targets?”

 

Irene Wallace

“I have no idea. No idea because a lot of time they send threat bout and threat bout. I have no idea because I am a mother and I don’t swear for my pickney dem and if deh wrong, deh wrong.  People would want to say oh it’s the parents – but parents nuh have nothing to do with nothing.  I try my best to bring up my children the best way I could. I talk to them but you can’t move everywhere your pickney move.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Ms. Wallace, to lose four sons to gun violence – how do you reconcile with something like this? How do you live and process something like this?”

 

Irene Wallace

“Ma’am, it is not easy. I feel like I wah be next. I nuh feel like I could stay strong like this but I try.  People might say Ms Wallace is so strong but deh nuh know the hurt; deh nuh know that at night I don’t sleep.  I dah just want scream out to the world but then if I do that I might be the one next in the morgue.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.


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