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Apr 6, 2021

Clifford Hyde killed; daughter critical!

Another member of the Hyde clan was killed on Saturday and tonight a second family member remains hospitalized in an induced coma with a bullet lodged in her head. Over the years we have reported extensively on the tragic murders that have plagued this family. Tonight reporter Andrea Polanco takes us back to the home where Russell Hyde and his common-law-wife were shot and killed – only this time – it is his younger brother and daughter who were targeted. Here’s the story:

 

Alvin Hyde Senior, Father of Deceased

“I got wah call that said Clifford got shot – he and his daughter and I gone on the scene and I saw the body lay out but I couldn’t gone see it close because of my pressure, nuh.”

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

That’s Alvin Hyde Senior. He’s recounting the tragic news of his son’s murder. Clifford Hyde and his  daughter Anya Galvez were socializing at family property in Young Bank on Saturday evening just before four o’clock. According to Alvin Hyde Senior his son allegedly got into an argument with another man at the gathering and as Clifford and his daughter were leaving, the man pulled out a gun and fired shots at them. Clifford Hyde was killed on the spot; his daughter was shot in the head and remains critical in the hospital.

 

Alvin Hyde Senior

Alvin Hyde Senior

“All I want is justice because all the time they do these things and get away. This thing happened inna big public. Lotta people. They had a lee party and he gone and they had a lee argument and he gone to the truck to go and the truck didn’t start and the guy who was with him gone to get another truck and the same time the bwai come in and shoot him in his back and he dropped down and he tell deh betta deh finish ah but dah one ah the same bwai weh mi deh dah the party. Dah somebody weh deh round deh study.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, it is someone he knows who killed him?”

 

Alvin Hyde Senior

“Dah somebody weh he mi know killed him.”

 

 

According to police, several persons have been detained in connection with Hyde’s murder. ACP Joseph Myvett says that Hyde was a part of the investigation into a murder in Belmopan last month:

 

ACP Joseph Myvet

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Police have a number of persons detained in relation to this investigation so far and it is expected that charges will be proffered against one of those persons later today.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Are you able to say if there was a dispute earlier?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“Not to my knowledge, but during the course of the investigation it is being said which we weren’t able to confirm that the deceased along with another person had an argument prior to the incident.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Sir, Mr. Hyde, I was made to understand was released from prison just four months ago – did he had any disputes or any altercation with anybody during that period of time he has been out?”

ACP Joseph Myvett

“I am not aware but I can say that he was detained as a part of the last murder in Belmopan at the market. He was detained as a part of that investigation.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“He was cleared?”

 

ACP Joseph Myvett

“I wouldn’t say he was cleared but he was released after he was interviewed.”

 

So, was Clifford Hyde just another marked member of the Hyde family? Four months ago he was released from prison where he spent the last fifteen years for the 2004 killing of Allyson Castillo. But once he was out, it appears that Clifford Hyde began to settle back into life with ease. This video taken just a month ago on March fourth shows Hyde celebrating his birthday – and it would be his last as he was gunned down on Saturday. But today I found the family getting ready to prepare a burial spot for him in Camalote. As I took a walk with his brother Alvin Hyde Junior around the family plot, he counted the tombstones of those who died by gun violence. The area  is a stark reminder that the Hyde family has been marred by bloodshed for far too long. It’s a cycle of violence that Alvin Hyde Senior knows all too well because it has visited his door step multiple times over the last several years. Today, the patriarch of the family tells me that he is tired of the bloodshed and simply can’t take it any more:

 

Andrea Polanco

“For your son to be away in jail for fifteen years, and he has only been out for four months and to be snatched away from you like this – I imagine you cannot begin to comprehend it?”

 

Alvin Hyde Senior

“Yes it’s true. It really hurts. It really hurts me and I would want justice. I spoke with Clifford about two days before this happened and I spoke with him and told him that we were fixing up a place to do a business.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“And he was excited – looking forward to life outside of prison?”

 

Alvin Hyde Senior

“Yes he was enjoying life. He had a lee party and when he came out he had a house.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Why has this violence sort of taken over your family? Your sons have become targets?”

 

Alvin Hyde Senior

“Well, I don’t know. I don’t know what caused that. It really hurt me, man. I try to give them good advice and I try to find something – a lee job for them to do all of them – some deh dah the shop and some at the farm and as soon as they come out I find something for them to do so that they don’t have to do anything out of the way. But you can only advise them and after they turn man you can’t control them again.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How much more of this can you take?”

 

Alvin Hyde Senior

“I nuh think I could take much of it more because I had thirteen kids and I only left with five – and most of them died through violence with gun. Only my daughter who caught in accident and the next one deh dah just kill and kill and kill. And it get enough of it. Me and mi wife, we can’t take anymore of this and we would want justice.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What do you think will end this, Mr. Hyde?”

 

Alvin Hyde Senior

“The only way this could end is if they put them in jail for a couple years me they realize because dah nuh one time they are doing it.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“How do you move on from something like this, Mr. Hyde? Can you move on from something like this?”

 

Alvin Hyde Senior

“Well, I will try and I think that by the grace of God I will make it.”

 

Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.


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