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Jan 25, 2013

Bad company. Why was Marvin Gaynair killed?

Marvin Jerome Gaynair Junior

The second murder on Thursday night took place in Belize City about an hour after the Santa Elena murder. It is also the second in less than forty eight hours in the old capital.  At about nine thirty, a twenty-four year old man was heading home when a gunman opened fire on him.  Marvin Jerome Gaynair Junior died as he was being rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. His family is grappling with the loss and say that Marvin may have been the victim of bad company.  Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Twenty-three year old Marvin Jerome Gaynair Junior had just dropped off his girlfriend at her home on Mahogany Street and was making his way back to his house when it is said that his killer—who it is believed was known to Gaynair Junior—rode up to him on a pink bicycle and opened fire. Despite being shot to the chest, back and right hand, Gaynair Junior ran from his assailant some hundred yards before collapsing at the corner of Electric Avenue and Mahogany Street. Kamesha Gaynair, his sister, says she was at her house in Hattieville when she was told about the incident.


Kamesha Gaynair, Sister of Murder Victim

Kamesha Gaynair

“My sister called me and said that they just shot up my brother. And so I got up and they said that they were on their way to the hospital and a few minutes later, they called back and said that he was dead. I went to the morgue and I saw him. It is still surreal; I don’t believe that he is gone. It is so said that people are killing innocent people for no reason. My brother doesn’t go anywhere, he doesn’t mess with anyone. He just built his home in the back of the yard and he was happy.”


Glen Jordan, Uncle of Victim

“I reverse the vehicle and gone put soh di drive crazy until when I get dah the hospital. We get dah the crime scene and dehn say dehn done ker the body. When dehn say dehn done ker the body, this means this man done dead already. So I just gone over dah the hospital and I burst in, I see the man pan the bed naked like dehn done cut off ih close and everything with one shot to the center of ih belly.”


But was this murder gang- related? According to the family, “Dibo,” as he was affectionately known, was not affiliated to any gang. He returned to Belize from the U.S. on September twenty-fourth. It is believed, however, that he was killed for his association with persons who are gang affiliates.


Kamesha Gaynair

“The reason why they called him “Dibo” wasn’t because he was ruthless like “Dibo” off next Friday, but because when he came back from the states he was bigger than when he left. And everybody saw his bigness as a protection.”


Duane Moody

“Why anyone would want to kill your nephew? He is not known to be a bad man out there, a gangster, so why kill him?”


Glen Jordan

Glen Jordan

“They kill he because of people around he; dehn noh kill he fi he. They kill he because he dah wah big person and lee people di shield back of him. So that’s why they kill he because if it’s left to him, he noh do nobody nothing. He dah noh really wah threat to nobody. Ih dah noh wah problem person. He only like chill out and talk fool and run joke.”


The father of a four year old boy, a brother and a son; Gaynair Junior will be remembered as a helpful, family oriented person.


Glen Jordan

“I know him as my lee nephew too mein. Only because ih get big; ih dah still my lee nephew. And that dah weh I always look pan ahn like my lee nephew. But the other day before he died, me and the man mi got wah lee problem and I rail up with the man. And I ask he if ih want fight and the man say, “Why I wah want fight with you cause you dah my uncle? Ih say I wah never fight with you.”


Kamesha Gaynair

“He was always a helpful person, very family oriented. He has a four year old son who was born three days before mine. And he just loved life.”


According to witnesses in the area, quick response from the police led to a shootout between the gunman and the cops. The police reportedly set chase after the assailant and he was caught on Police Street. Duane Moody for News Five.

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3 Responses for “Bad company. Why was Marvin Gaynair killed?”

  1. Rod says:

    People I keep telling you the blame rest with this pm and gov. They are using gang members to kill anyone who they feel is a against them it’s your own pm and gov. Killing you and your family members march people march or you might be next.

  2. OriginalWoman says:

    So sad, another victim of murder and the mayhem continues. My condolences to this young man’s family and friends.

  3. Storm says:

    Too bad the killer wasn’t killed in turn during his arrest. All murderers must die, one way or the other. No mercy, no exceptions.

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