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Nov 1, 2021

High School Student Killed in Mahogany Heights; Brother May Have Been Target

Another young man has died from gun violence. The latest killing happened over the weekend, not after curfew, but early in the morning as the high school student  was bringing home his breakfast. Today instead of his family helping him get his books together for his return to face-to-face classes, Ethan Thompson’s family is grieving.  News Five’s Paul Lopez reports.

 

Paul Lopez, Reporting

Gunmen saw to it that the life of eighteen year old Mahogany Heights student, Ethan Thompson, was cut short morning. Thompson was returning home from purchasing tacos when he was ambushed, his sister told News Five.

 

Voice of: Shelene Myers, Sister of Deceased

“I mih the eena my bed the lay down and I heard gunshots. I the seh that can’t be gunshots suh early dah mornig. That dah weh I the seh to myself. And I lay down deh and my older bredda come and seh ma, deh just shot Ethan eena ih head. When he seh that now, I jump outta my bed and run pan the back street. I sih my lee bredda pan the ground the bleed. He mih done dead already the bleed from back ah ih head.”

 

The assailants targeted Thompson near his home. Even though her attempted to escape into a nearby property, he collapsed and died. Thompson’s murder followed a shootout in the community on Friday night involving his brother and rivaling individuals. This leads relatives to believe that Thompson was targeted based on his association.

 

Shelene Myers

“From Friday night shots the buss up yah, no mobile come. The station lock up and no mobile come. All of this could have been avoided. Just now, my bredda deh pan the ground, so much mobile, so much police. All kinda people yo the sih. When time the shooting and the shootout yo nuh sih nobody. Deh the call deh.”

 

Paul Lopez

“You believe that shooting is directly connected with what happened?”

 

Shelene Myers

“It is directly connected, because dah after one ah my bredda vehicle deh shoot after. Like seventeen shots they shoot and deh ketch fih he bumpa. No scenes of crime, nobody come. Weh the police do, pick up the shells.”

 

Police were still trying to establish and motive and a connection between Thompson’s murder and Friday night’s shootout when we spoke with them at this morning’s press briefing.

 

Paul Lopez

“Do you know if this is connected to a shooting incident that reportedly occurred during the weekend in the same community?”

 

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Director, Belize Police Department

“Like I said, we have to give investigators time to determine that. This incident happened like two hours ago or so.  While I would want to be able to connect the dots so quickly, we still have to do proper investigation and due diligence.”

 

Thompson’s killers left behind a bicycle and their slippers as they made their escape into neighboring properties. He was scheduled to return to Maud Williams High school on Tuesday for face-face learning. His murder is one in a string of violent acts that has claimed the life of several teenagers over the last few months.

 

Shelene Myers

“He dah mih wah loving person. I nuh wah stand up yah and she my bredda dah mih wah saint, because he was not a saint. But, he mih the try. He nuh into dah gang life none at all. He stay with me, he live with me. Anything he need i buy it fih ah. I make sure he taken care of. He neva into dah gang life none at all. So, I guess this dah just a case of, if yo cant ketch harry yo ketch ih shut. Deh mih the dodge ah.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Paul Lopez.


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