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May 10, 2021

Ortis Gladden Gunned Down in Santa Cruz

Hilberto Romero

As far south as Santa Cruz, death came knocking at Ortis Gladden’s door when several men visited him on Friday evening.  When the twenty-eight-year-old came out to greet his guests, he was met with a barrage of gunshots.  The body of the mortally wounded laborer was later discovered by a relative.  According to police, while Gladden’s murder may not be related to the spate of deadly shootings in Belize City, his demise may have been the result of shady business he was purportedly involved in with his attacker.


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Around seven p.m., police responded to a shooting incident at Santa Cruz Village.  Upon arrival, they found the motionless body of Ortis Gladden.  Information received is that he was at home when persons came looking for him and he went out.  Thereafter gunshots were heard and he was found with the injuries.  He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.  An investigation is being conducted and several persons have been detained pending investigation at this time.”



“Sir, does Ortis Gladden have any connection to Belize City and the gang warfare that’s currently happening there?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Not that we know of.  No.”


Isani Cayetano

“Have you been able to ascertain a motive as to why Mr. Gladden was taken out this way?”


Sr. Supt. Hilberto Romero

“We are following several leads and one of the leads we are following is that he may have been involved in some illicit activities with these persons.”

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