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Jul 8, 2010

Shooting victim succumbs to his wounds

ernesto perez

Last week Monday thirty-five year old Ernesto Perez was shot by two gunmen as he sat inside a taxi at the corner of Rivero and Fairweather Streets. He had just gone to purchase meat for someone when his attackers pounced on him.  Perez was shot in the left side of the face and upper back and clung to life for over a week.  But that battle was lost at two-thirty-five this morning when he succumbed to his injuries at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. it’s a big loss for the family and News Five spoke off camera today with Perez’ brother, Wilfred Laing, about his last days.

Voice of Wilfred Laing, Brother of Ernesto Perez

“From the time he get shot we fight a lot, we stick to ah, we do the best and he deh with the Lord now.He give us the sign that he noh want deh eena dah condition.”

Marion Ali

What did he do?

Voice of Wilfred Laing

“He start to look in the sky and hold my hand strong and he give me sign up soh, I gwein up.  And he’s up now right, soh all weh we fi do dah just stay strong and continue life, continue life. Nobody can’t bring back my bredda, I don’t know the reason why but he die now.  All weh we could do dah just pray and be strong.”

Marion Ali

You told me earlier that your family believes he was shot because of the company he keeps?  00:10:48

Voice of Wilfred Laing

“Well according to we he’s a hard working man.  He come outta his bed six o’clock every morning, you know.  So whatever happened to him out here or whoever do it dehn got to repent from deh sin because taking away somebody life is not something normal for God rightAll man weh are using a gun, it’s not a weapon fi bring down somebody.  The best weapon is God right.  I could tell all those youths fi put down those guns weh dehn have cause fi we culture dig oh een, black man di kill black man, other countries is seeing this, Belize stand bad.”

Perez moved to Belize ten years ago from Honduras.


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6 Responses for “Shooting victim succumbs to his wounds”

  1. Proud Belizean says:

    RIP Mr. Perez….my sympathies to the family

  2. JJJones says:

    You hang with drug dealers an gang members you put yourself at risk.
    You have to pay the price and can get killed.
    Think before you hang out with dangerous persons.
    Wake up s……. Belizeans.
    When You Dead You Dead.
    NO Comming Back.

  3. rod says:

    another senseless death and where is the pm of belize o he is off in the us again wow with over two hundred deaths in two years i have not seen this pm once give condolance to any of these families and this is the person you want running the country when he hides in the us instead of taking care of the crime in belize well my condolances go out to the family of this young man sad. another thing why isnt this or any other news paper investigating the shooting of the pm friend you think they just shot him for nothing it wasnt robbery so why did they could be some kind of corruption you think . come on news 5 do your job find out lets see where it leads.

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    rod:Why would this lame PM cares?

  5. ORIGINALWOMAN says:

    My condolences and sympathy to Mr. Perez’s family……..It’s sad to witness Belize going down the drain with the senseless murders occurring so often….the black on black crime is something occurring all over the world…. MOST OF US ARE OUR WORSE ENEMY, COMMITTING GENOCIDE. WE NEED TO STOP THE HATING WE SEEM TO HAVE FOR EACH OTHER!!!!

  6. egbert says:

    Good point about black on black crime. Black people all over the world need to comprehend that by uniting as one people they will empower themselves to survive against the oppression they face in this world.

    The point about the pm constantly leaving bze appears to be true. Some of these trips are important, but it appears the cost is not a worry to the pm, because all expenses are billed to the struggling budget of the bze government.

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