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Sep 16, 2021

Motive Unclear in Meighan Avenue Murder

James Wilfred Gordon

A man was killed around six-thirty on Wednesday evening in the ordinarily quiet residential King’s Park area of Belize City. The killing has family members at a loss and police are trying to establish a motive and track down a suspect. News Five’s Marion Ali has the story.


Marion Ali, Reporting

When forty-nine-year-old James Wilfred Gordon ventured out of his Santa Barbara Street home on a bicycle shortly after 6:00 on Wednesday evening to go on the north side of Belize City, little did his family know that would be the last time they’d see him alive. The loan shark – formerly a Kremandala Raiders’ star player, had reportedly gone to collect money from a man at #5777 Meighan Avenue when two youths rode past and opened fire.


Alejandro Cowo

Supt. Alejandro Cowo, O.C., CIB, Eastern Division

“He went to meet someone who had some money for him and while he was waiting for the person, two persons riding separate bicycles approached him and one of the persons fired several shots at him.”


Elijah Gordon, Brother of Deceased

“He never did tell me bout if anybody threaten ah but I know ih da wa person weh actually do ih lee loan shark stuff.”


Police say they don’t think the attack was gang-related or that Gordon was necessarily the intended target.


Supt. Alejandro Cowo

“We believe that he was not the target but somebody who was inside of the yard at the moment. We do not know exactly if he was followed but based on the footages that we have observed, we observed when two persons came behind him and one of them fired the shots.”


Elijah Gordon

Residents of the area told News Five they heard seven gunshots. Police recovered about six expended shells from the scene. Gordon’s brother, Elijah, like every family member who suffers the loss of loved ones to violence, wishes his brother’s killing is given a thorough investigation.


Elijah Gordon

“I wudda really want dehn work pahn this case and actually try arrest the person or the persons dehn weh commit this act to my family. Ih have ih ways but everybody got dehn ways and soh but he da nuh nobody weh mi di bruk shop or dehn kinda way and stuff like that.”


Up to news time today, Police had no suspects detained. Marion Ali for News Five.

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