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Apr 23, 2021

Murder in Punta Gorda; Kevonn Wade Shot Dead

Kevonn Wade

The quiet of Punta Gorda was interrupted on Thursday night when shots rang out near the Uno Gas Station and the Courts superstore. In the aftermath at the property adjacent the superstore, Kevonn Wade lay on the ground dead.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Around seven-thirty on Thursday night, Kevonn Wade sat on his veranda on Main Street in Punta Gorda. Little did he know that he would be the target of a gunman who appeared and opened fire in his direction. Reports are that the echo of at least six blasts was heard in the area. The thirty-seven-year-old, who is originally from Western Paradise Village in the Belize District, was rushed to the Punta Gorda Polyclinic where he was pronounced dead on arrival.


Eugene Selgado, Friend of Deceased

“I come out through yah come look fi my lee bwai and thing, but I neva see ahn and thing. I come lef wah lee Johnny cake for ih granny and thing. I neva see the man, check. But dah when I hear the news last night that this man get shot and thing. I neva believe it. So I come this morning come check if dah real and I find a pool of blood down ya so and think that my lee bwai gone. Man get shot and somebody chance dah man outta ih rights.”


Police responded quickly to the scene, but by then, the gunman had already escaped and Wade was found bleeding profusely on his veranda. Surveillance camera in the area did capture when the gunman was escaping the area.


Eugene Selgado

Eugene Selgado

“I noh know if the police dehn find expended shells down yah, I noh know weh di police dehn di say. This morning di police dehn come yah and noh say nothing. The person run so on the street like in front of Courts. And the people see ahn di run with a gun ina ih hand. But camera deh right out yah so dah Courts, camera deh dah the gas station. Camera deh all about but nobody noh see nothing. How the camera noh pick that up?”


Kevonn had a carwash and lived a violent-free life. Family and friends remain perplexed and questioned why anyone would want him dead.


Alfred Cuellar

Alfred Cuellar, Friend of Deceased

“From baby I see Kevonn grow up. Kevonn dah nothing but love. If you go pan fi we block right now, you wah see so much coconut trees and plants. Fi we block look pretty and dah cause ah Kevonn. Every morning I come and hail Kevonn; Kevonn dah lone positive vibes, he neva bring no bad vibes. If he hear you di bring bad vibes he stop that. If you see my lee bwai sign; everything positive about this man, nothing violent. Here were the days when we does quarrel and thing, but this man if yo bring bad vibes to he, he wah change yo mind and say watcha noh think like that; make we make money.   The car wash I does come help this man cause something ih does go pan ih lee farm and thing and I come help ih carwash. If yo watch right over there, ih carwash deh right there. Ih got plants and ih make so much plants; over a hundred different plants deh yah cause he dah about ital; everything from the earth. Godly man. And dehn just take my bredda. But I just want justice for my bredda mien cause he neva deserve that.”


Eugene Selgado

“That man dah noh wah violent man. Dah man dah wa loving man. Man give anybody anything. You come yah hungry dah mawning and ih give yo something to eat. That man noh deserve to dead bredda. But the person weh do that got it coming because dah man dah wah man weh read the bible every day. That man believe ina love, believe ina share to everybody.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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