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Jan 2, 2013

Belize City, venue for 2013’s first murder

Orlando Williams

The murder count at the close of 2012 stood at one hundred and forty-five. The City was the most violent where the largest number of homicides took place and it is where the first murder for 2013 was committed. A forty-five year old standing on a street side with friends was shot multiple times; he died on the spot. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The murder of forty-five year old Orlando Williams, the first for 2013, occurred here, at the corners of Dean Street and West Canal, on New Year’s Day.  Shortly after nine o’clock on Tuesday night, Williams was standing near the intersection, in the presence of several individuals, when they were accosted by a single shooter.  His younger brother, Dennis, who lives a short distance away, was in bed when he was awoken to news of the tragedy.


Dennis Williams, Brother of Deceased

“My wife come and wake me and tell me what happened, that my bredda just get shot up out ya but I neva believe it.  When I run down by di street deh soh, I just sih he lay down pan di ground.”


Williams’ bullet-riddled body lay motionless near the sidewalk; a congealed spot of blood on the street, as well as the spattered pavement are evidence of the crime scene.  The laborer was shot as many as seven times to various parts, including the face.


Dennis Williams

Dennis Williams

“I mih sih one weh look like ih enter from di bottom cheek and come out through di back ah ih head noh.”


Isani Cayetano

“He was standing there with several other guys, presumably having a conversation, when a lone gunman approached them.  Do you know if he may have been involved in any previous altercation or if this was a case where he was not the intended target but became a victim of circumstance?”


Dennis Williams

“We mih di stand up out deh and di other fellow, weh da one ah fu we friend too, mih deh wid ahn and when I talk to he ih tell me dat di guy just pull up to them, just start to shoot up atta dehn, especially mi bredda noh.  He dah di main one because fi seven gunshot ih kinda, yoh woulda think [otherwise], you know, [ih] look like ih had something wid somebody out deh which we noh know ‘bout because we, like ah seh, da six ah we and we get along very, very good and we always talk and dehn thing deh so and we noh, as far as we concerned, we know that all of us we noh have no problem wid nobody.”


But someone had it out for him, a brutal retribution that was exacted in blood.  That person is described as a light skinned male, slim and stands at approximately five feet, eleven inches.  Recovered from the scene of the shooting were seven, nine millimeter expended shells, a slug, as well as a copper jacket.  Darwin Slusher, a close friend of Williams, was also asleep when he was jolted by the barrage.


Darwin Slusher

Darwin Slusher, Friend of Deceased

“I mi di sleep when we hyah di gunshots and my ma wake me up.  She seh, “D somebody get shot.”  And I, you know, do first aid and other stuff like that and I gaan and I gaan sih da who and when I get deh I sih dah he and dah like ih still cyant register that our good, close friend dead, yoh undastand.  I mean ih sad mein ih sad, honestly. My ma she like she cyant get ova it because on Christmas [Day] he came over and New Year’s Eve night he and my ma mi di cook up and ting and, you know, he seemed happy.  He seemed contented cool and everything.”


The tragedy is also taking a heavy toll on Williams’ siblings.


Dennis Williams

Isani Cayetano

“Fu mek he gaan just like that, you know, ih haad fu believe because especially with me because this da like wah double ting pahn me because I just lose my daughter bout five months ago, more or less and now fi dis happen to my bredda noh mek no sense.”


Isani Cayetano

“The senseless murder of Orlando Williams, the first for the new year, commences what many believe will be another unabated cycle of crime and violence in Belize City, a  record setting year for homicides in the Old Capital.  Reporting for News Five I am Isani Cayetano.”

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15 Responses for “Belize City, venue for 2013’s first murder”

  1. Storm says:

    New Year Resolution for 2013: remove all impediments to the death penalty, and hang the murdering scum. No mercy, no exceptions.

    Let’s hope the police find the killer and he never emerges alive from jail, however long that takes.

  2. Ricky Malthus says:

    It appears his so-called friends set him up for the lone gunslinger. You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to deduce this. It was a setup!!! Find out who in the group had a beef with him, direct or indirect and you will have an accomplice to the killer.

  3. Belizean says:


  4. truth says:

    These murders just dont happen for no reason….whenever police and particularly the GSU ‘chance’ gang members and lock them up every week for 48 hrs things like this happen. on new years eve police locked up about 50 residents frm di george street area and beat dem and locked them up for no reason and they are tired of it……UDP came into offfice in 2012 and 2012 made history with the most murders ever. GSU constantly go around telling people that they are on a death list created by the prime minister and that this is their last year to live…if you’re constantly told that u will die this year then more that likely u wont care about life.

  5. truth says:

    Bottom line is…..every time these GSU take advantage of people an innocent person dies. If police hadn’t did what they did no one would have died for the New year…..Police could have just conducted a search or have heavy police presence in that area until the party was finished. If these GSU continue to chance and send death threats then i believe 2013 should have more murders that 2012.

  6. Al says:

    Storm, you got a point. A group of people standing together only one is killed shot so many times and the gunman left witness, hmm, what is wrong with this picture. Storm, I stand with you on the death penalty, the sniveling little cowards who thinks the guns is teh answer to every problem would need diapers to keep from soiling themselves before the hangmans noose.

    Someone knows who this killer is, there is a family who knows that their son or brother or boyfriend is the killer, but they will protect him and blame the police when he is arrested .I say lock the up for obstruction of justice. 2013 is the year for poloitician and the PM to grow some big cohonesand send a message that if you murder someone you pay the ultimate price, death for death.

  7. Uncle Benji says:

    Nope, I cannot take it anymore. I am throwing in the towel. Belize the nation that saw me grow up, educated me, protected me through my childhood, gave me many first experiences in life, is rotten to the core.

    It’s a sad, sad situation. I surrender. Let someone else fix it. This is my goodbye. Storm, Al, Bear and all you good folks keep up the fight, perhaps you can mak a change. Me? I will look at the man in the mirror, and quietly try to do good at all times. I will remember you guys and the good fight you are ensuing with your blogging.

    For those that wish to keep in touch, you can reah me .

    Goodbye and God bless Belize and all Belizeans.

  8. truth says:

    The same year that this UDP took over is the same year that made history with the number of deaths. So many new laws have been implemented and still crime has risen. The Government and the justice system are corrupt. By not having a bell on a bike how is that helping to stop crime? THis government fights crime with crime that is why things like these happen

  9. anti viral says:

    And then there come finnegan defending the GSG again, GSG are innocent and let them alone or more or this will happen.

  10. Al says:

    Uncle Benji, so hate to see you go. I am holding unto prayer, God is bigger than all this mess and bigger than the politicians and will move somehow to correct this counry. It is hard for me to understand where we are at this time as a country, I too am a product of Belize and I remember how the neighbours looked out for us kids, tell our parents when we did wrong and could even swat us if needed. I thank all of my teachers because they also had a hand in training me up to become whom I have become. We have lost that caring that made us strong.
    I pray that God will raise up a set of honest people to run the country. I am stuck Uncle Benji, I cant give up yet. I will be in touch via gmail. I have enjoyed agreeing with you and diaagreeing with you, and guess what I don’t want to kill you over any beef I have had with you, lol. Be blessed.

  11. truth be told says:

    there is a racial component tp both murders, they were targeted because they are “Spanish” and seemingly innocent. that was the obvious order, to go out and kill some spanish as retaliation for the GSG lockdown.

  12. Bear says:

    Ditto to Al’s comments, this discussion site won’t be the same without Uncle Benji. I hope you reconsider and weigh in at least once in a while. Without loud public debate, all the nation will have is the sound of GOB’s propaganda mill, and that’s bad no matter which party controls it.

  13. Dirty sugar!!!! says:

    So it seems like George Street is running the city and if Police lock them up they shoot innocent pple —- What da hell is taking place here!!!! Truth be told !!!

  14. joe lopez says:

    I certainly I agree with truth, but the the problem here is world wide! If you watch news from the central american countries such as el salvador, honduras, guatemala things are even worst over there! People are being killed for nothing by malicious people, the government of belize is trying everything believe me but this is like a virus spreading and having no control. What belize needs is a vigilante like here in u.s. to target those criminals that are out there killing for fun! If the police can not handle let’s do it people of belize wake up don’t be afraid! Because you can be the next one! God bless our country belize let’s get up and protect our country!

  15. Babaero says:

    The way i see it the goverment just need to start making examples of these so call gangster from george street to ghost town to backa matins .i would just hang them all . let the public get mad on the long run the country will be safer . so mothers out deh weh like cry fi deh pickney too bad you betta start discipline them .

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