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Jul 6, 2022

Police Look for Leads in Murder of Tyrone King

Tyrone King

Another young Belize City man is dead after he was targeted at his place of residence in the Lake Independence area of Belize City. The police have not spared much information about the incident, except to say that it happened at Eighty, twenty-two Giles Street at around nine-forty p.m., and claimed the life of Tyrone King. King’s sister, Shakera Young-Forrester and her family are no strangers to gun violence. She has already lost a young son and another brother died only four months ago, but he too had been shot several times some years ago. Forrester told reporters today that the crime scourge has grown so bad in Belize City now that there’s no difference of the area where one lives because pain as a result of bloodshed is fast becoming a norm in the old capital. News Five’s Marion Ali reports.


Marion Ali, Reporting

Twenty-six-year-old Tyrone King had reportedly just opened the front door of the house which he shared with his common-law-wife when someone accosted him in the hall and shot him. King collapsed and died slumped over near a sofa with two bullet wounds to the back.


When News Five went to the address today, it was closed shut with no one in sight. Neighbours reportedly saw nothing and heard nothing.


Police have recovered three expended shells from the scene and are trying to solve this latest homicide, but King’s sister, Shakera Young-Forrester says the family has little to no hope that anything substantial will result from the investigation because they have suffered loss before with no concrete outcome.


Shakera Young-Forrester

Shakera Young-Forrester, Sister of deceased

“I expect nothing of them because they have done nothing for us and they keep doing nothing for us. They keep failing us as a people; they keep failing us as a nation.”


Forrester reminisced about the brother she described as “the life of wherever he was” and this amateur recording taken off her Facebook page suggests that he loved comedy.


Shakera Young-Forrester

“Loves running jokes, loves cracking jokes but at the same time, we all know that he had his own life struggles just like everybody else. Overall he was a loving, loving and sweet person.”


But while he was fun-loving and loved making people laugh, Forrester said her brother has had some run-ins with people, but they didn’t think it had reach the point of being life-threatening.


Shakera Young-Forrester

“It’s not as if he came to us and said: “X person wanted me dead” or “Y has it out for me,” you know that he did not make all the best decisions in life, but we don’t know who exactly is responsible. We don’t know why they would want to do it.”


The Young family has just buried another son and brother, Aaron who fell ill and never recovered and who in 2018, had also been shot. And in November of 2016, Forrester’s seven-year-old son, Tyler Savery, was shot and killed as he hitched a ride on a bicycle on a Friday evening after school with his older cousin, Porshan Pipersburgh. The two were heading to an ice cream shop for a treat when they came under attack. Prior to that, young Tyler’s father was also gunned down. The mental and emotional anguish over the repeat losses is something the family has somehow learned to cope with.


Shakera Young-Forrester

“We don’t allow the circumstances of life to keep us down. We understand that this is what is going to happen. We just didn’t expect it this early – this short time span, but it is what is happening now. You watch the news until eventually you become the news.”


The family is also critical of the way Belizeans respond when they witness violence and also expects little help solving this latest murder.


Shakera Young-Forrester

“I’ve come to realize that w are suffering an epidemic that came before the pandemic, and it is us being a nation that lacks love. If you look at things right now you would see people minding their own business if somebody is being beaten on the street. If somebody is being shot they would prefer taking out their phones. If I’m dying right now or if I crash, they would more focus on taking the pictures and being the first to post the video or the picture rather than actually supporting or seeing how they can be of help.”


King was the father of a son aged five.


Marion Ali For News Five


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