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Aug 6, 2021

14-Year-Old Killed in Dangriga by Gunman on Bike

Kwaime Williams

Another young man has been shot and killed in the streets, this time in Dangriga. News Five’s Paul Lopez headed down south to find out more about the incident, and the youth who, as it turns out, is from a very famous family.


Paul Lopez, Reporting

Fourteen year old Kwaime Williams came from a family of musicians. His grandfather Breda David Obi is hailed as a Belizean legend for his contributions to Belize’s music scene.  His father, Ras Indio, is a world renowned reggae artist.  Sadly, the world will never get to experience Kwaime’s own musical talent because his life was cut short by a gunman on Thursday night in Dangriga. Francis Noralez heard the gunshots.


Voice of: Francis Noralez, Witness

“Three minutes pass nine I gawn inside. I gawn roll a lee draw fuh mek a smoke. And, while I the roll up this draw gunshot start lick. And, the shot deh sound really loud so I mih know dah right front ah my house, but I mih think dah police.”


The victim fell near Noralez’s property, gasping for air.   The police report says the fourteen-year-old was en route to his grandfather’s house on the other side of town and had made it as far as Gumagarugu St. when he was shot by someone on a bicycle.


Zaline Williams

Zaline Williams, Mother of Kwaime Williams

“I nuh know if ih mih have enemies out there. I nuh know. I know know who would ah ih wah hurt mih baby, kill ah, five shots you know. People say dah mih mistaken identity. The police say dah mih mistaken identity. But I don’t know. I lost to, I nuh know.”


Paul Lopez

“Do you think it was a case of mistaken identity?”


Voice of: Francis Noralez

“Mmm, I don’t know weh fih say eena dah case deh. I nuh think suh, I nuh think suh.”


Paul Lopez

“Based on what you say, you don’t feel like it’s that?”


Voice of: Francis Noralez

“Cause other people mih deh pan the street. People mih the heng out eena dah corner deh. I think the killer follow the lee bway fih kill ah.  When I sih dah wah lee bway, I disturbing fuh sih dah wah lee baby bway, fourteen years old. I mean, dah weh the future ah we country wah look like if we continue this nuh?”


Kwaime’s mother says she will always remember her son for his vibrant and jovial spirit.


Zaline Williams

“Vibrant, like run jokes. He like play ih lee game. Ih free fire and suh, you know. Ih like sing. Ih like music a lot. And he dah wah nice person. He dah mih wah very nice young man.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Paul Lopez.


Police have since detained one person for questioning.

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