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Apr 11, 2022

5 Murders in 4 Days

Chester Williams

There have been five murders in four days, between Thursday, April seventh and Sunday, April tenth – two in Mahogany Heights, two in Belize City, and one in Belmopan. Today, ComPol Chester Williams gave an update on the status of these murders, saying that they are unrelated.


Chester Williams, Commissioner of Police, Belize Police Department

“These incidents I must say are isolated from each other; in the sense that the one in Mahogany Heights, the first one, we believe that that may have been somewhat gang-related; the second one in Mahogany Heights that might have some drug connection or relation. Then in Belize City, the first murder from what we have been made to understand through our investigation stem from a fight between two fathers. And then the second murder in Belize City, we are still trying to figure out what went wrong. And in terms of the one in Belmopan with Daniel Gutierrez, we have two persons in custody who we believe may have something to do with his death due to some previous threat that they had sent to him. There is a lot that we are doing to deal with these matters from an investigative standpoint as well as from an operational standpoint. In respect to the first Mahogany Heights murder we currently have the suspect in custody. We have sufficient to charge at this time so we should be charging I think Paul Smith with the crime of murder by the end of the day today.  In respect to the first murder in Belize City, thanks to quick police response, they were able to apprehend two persons and recover the weapon of choice that was used in the commission of that murder, which is a nine millimeter pistol. We have recorded statements from the officers who were in the area and saw the two men running and we should have enough to charge at least one of those two suspects today with murder. And we continue to deal with the others to gather evidence.”

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