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Dec 28, 2021

Police Say “Beef” Was the Motive of Monday Evening Murder

Derron Hernandez

The long Christmas weekend did not go without bloodshed. In Belize City, a young man’s life was cut down on Monday evening while he was at home. New Five’s Marion Ali has the story in the following report.


Marion Ali, Reporting

Police believe that a bitter dispute between two men on Boxing Day may have led to a deadly attack on one of them at his home – here on Raccoon Street Extension. Derron Hernandez was inside the house when someone with evil intentions went calling for him.


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Director, Belize Police Department

“A lone gunman had the audacity to enter his yard, shout for him, and fired a single shot, causing his fatal injury.”


Fitzroy Yearwood

The Police Department’s Director of Communications, Assistant Superintendent of Police Fitzroy Yearwood, shared what police had gathered today.


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

“We have received viable information that we believe could help us in this investigation. We have detained persons and we believe that these people, if they shed some information, that it could help us in making an arrest.”


Today, investigators returned to the scene and canvassed the neighbourhood in an attempt to gather more information about the incident. While Hernandez’s next door neighbours only knew of his murder when they saw the police show up that night and removed his body, another neighbour said that had he arrived home a few minutes earlier, he would have probably seen Hernandez’s attacker.


Voice of Neighbour

“Me and wa friend, wa girlfriend, come from back deh, when we see wa big crowd over deh. Bout three policeman – vehicle – and we di hear dat dah somebody get shot deh. Soh we she dah weh happen deh because dah wi neighbour to. And then, mi friend she this look kinda lee (hazardous) soh she seh she gwein home.”


The neighbour expressed his surprise over the incident because Hernandez, he said, seemed quite friendly and easy-going.


Voice of: Neighbour

“I just see dehn and dehn lately come live back ya.”


Marion Ali

“Okay, so you wouldn’t know if he had a “beef” or argument with anybody?”


Voice of: Neighbour

“No, I see them but no time da with no kind of personality or enemy and deh things because deh mi friendly. Deh neva look like no gangbangers neither.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Marion Ali.

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