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Apr 7, 2008

Friday night murder victim was fresh out of prison

Story PictureTwo more murders occurred in Belize City over the weekend, numbers twenty-eight and twenty-nine for the year. News Five’s Marion Ali has the details.

Marion Ali, Reporting
The victim, twenty-two year old Floyd McFadzean, fresh out of prison off a six month sentence for marijuana, decided to stay home. Little did he know that trouble would come knocking at his door around seven Friday night. McFadzean’s sister, Felicia McFadzean, said the killer must have known exactly where to strike.

Voice of Felicia McFadzean, Sister of Murder Victim
“Ih mi jus come outta jail the same exact same day and dah when I look down deh and I recognise the clothes and sneakers and everything, dat da how I mi know da he.”

Marion Ali
“You said that nobody was at home when the incident happened?”

Felicia McFadzean
“No relative, no relative neva deh home but one ah ih so called friend mi deh yah with ah.”

And it is this friend that McFadzean believes might have had a hand in her brother’s killing.

Felicia McFadzean
“How two ah deh wah eena dis house and only one person wah get shot? If he di run from the gunman as weh ih mi di seh, he mi wah get shot cause ih da wah witness. I believe da wah set up and I wah seh it. I believe dah wah set up because before my bredda gone dah jail he had wah misunderstanding with a young lady up di street and before anything, he gone da jail she tell my ma ih seh dis da weh happen but da di end innocent people wah get hurt for it, ih wa gat wah terrible end to it.”

One of the victim’s neighbours almost witnessed that terrible end and heard the shots that killed him. She didn’t want to appear on camera, but relayed to McFadzean what happened.

Felicia McFadzean
“He just come from next door from talk to my neighbour, my bredda and she close her door. He come in, he haul the door and he walk eena the house and by the time he either gone outside or right by our refridge, deh either back up di gun eena ih face or something. The first gunshot happened right by the fridge.”

Allen Whylie, Assistant Commissioner of Police
“Police visited twenty Cumberbatch Street. There they saw the lifeless body of one Floyd McFadzean, twenty-one years of that said address with gunshot wound to right back of head, another to the middle and the left side of back. We continue our investigation in respect to that incident. We have one person in custody. We continue to interview various people whom we believe can assist us in advancing that investigation and we believe that it is just a matter of time before we will be able to say who did that incident and whether or not charges will be preferred.”

Senior police officers, including the Police Commissioner, Gerald Westby, held a news conference this afternoon to offer what they have on these latest killings.

Supt. Aaron Guzman, O.C., C.I.B.
“The friend was initially detained, he was interviewed and he was released.”

Marion Ali
“Are you looking at the reports given—I don’t know if it was given to you all, it was given to us earlier this morning—this young lady that lives down the street has threatened McFadzean before. Are you looking at that possibility?”

Aaron Guzman
“Ms. Ali, there is a before the court where that young lady that lives on the same street made a report against Mr. McFadzean. If Mr. McFadzean was threatened by that young lady then technically I’d have to say we don’t know. Why? Because he did not take the opportunity to go and make a complaint at the police station. So as it is quote unquote “there is no record to show that the young lady concerned, or anybody for her threatened Mr. McFadzean. What we have now will be purely speculative and hearsay.”

While police are not turning a blind eye to this possibility, they urge people who receive threats to report these matters to them. Meanwhile, the shooting has suddenly put an abrupt end to Floyd McFadzean’s dreams.

Felicia McFadzean
“Ih seh I going da B.D.F. yoh know. Ih seh September ih good fi go eena B.D.F. because when ih mi deh da jail most ah his time he spend da B.D.F. camp so the man tell ah yoh good fi wah job da B.D.F. just come in September or what’s not. I neva know my bredda noh mi wah live fi get eena ih B.D.F.”

Floyd McFadzean’s body was picked up from his yard, where he ran after he received the first shot. There is where the family believes the gunman followed him and fired the shots that killed him.

Reporting for News Five, Marion Ali.

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