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Mar 4, 2013

Who murdered Corrupt?

Eugene Palacio

There were no murders on Friday and Saturday, but on Sunday, two men were shot and killed within hours of each other. Gunshots rang out at about ten o’clock on Sunday night in the heart of the Southside Gangsters territory in the City. A lone gunman walked up to Eugene Palacio aka Corrupt and unleashed as many as six shots on Palacio who was celebrating his mother’s birthday. News Five’s Isani Cayetano found out that a similar tragedy had befallen the Palacio family years ago.


Isani Cayetano, reporting

A makeshift stupa, erected by friends and family of Eugene Castillo, popularly known as Eugene Palacio, identifies the location of his brutal execution on Sunday night.  The thirty-eight-year old was socializing at a residence on Caesar Ridge Road when he was violently assailed by a lone gunman.


Georgia Castillo, Relative of Deceased

“Yesterday we were having a little social event for my mom’s birthday because it was her birthday yesterday.  So we were all socializing in the yard, you know, drinking and doing our own little thing and my cousin was here also and he was in the yard.  Everybody was in the yard ‘til when it got late then everybody started to come out on the street side.  Everybody just di socialize pan di street side, yoh know.”


Castillo was reportedly standing adjacent to Ming’s Shop, in the presence of another relative, when the gunfire erupted.  He attempted to avert the deadly shooting by shielding himself with the young lady.


Georgia Castillo

Georgia Castillo

“When I heard the two shots and I said, “no dat da cyant fronta my house!”  Then I heard several more behind it so I ran out and when I ran out one ah my friend holla, dis next young lady weh mih deh wid ahn holla her name right, my next cousin but da neva she get shot because we di holla fi she cause we noh sih she.  But when I come out good I si my cousin di lay down deh pan di ground ova deh, Corrupt lifeless, done dead.”


Witnesses say that the shooter emerged from Gill Street on foot, proceeded towards the gathering and fired as many as six rounds at his quarry.


Georgia Castillo

“The person came from through Gill Street walking.  He didn’t have on anything on his foot but he had on a jacket and something on his head.  He also had on a warm cap on his head and he came from through Gill Street and walked straight towards my cousin.  Straight towards him, like he knew what he wanted to do or who he wanted, you know.”


The incident, they believe, may have been captured on a nearby security camera.


Georgia Castillo

“Wah bullet mi lodge yahsoh eena ih face and one mi lodge up ya soh and my next cousin she di come outta di bush frighten, frighten, frighten di ask everybody fi please check ahn if ih get shot, you know.  Ih mi crazy though, ih  mi crazy cause lotta people mih deh out ya last night, enough.  Some mih deh ova ya, some mi deh pan di street side and he and two otha else young lady mih di stand up right deh soh.”


Isani Cayetano

“My understanding is that you guys strongly believe that this incident may have been picked up on the surveillance camera across the street.”


Georgia Castillo

“Yes.  It supposed to because the Chiney have a surveillance camera and trust me he use that twenty-four and more.  So they should have picked up something, something because the camera is pointed directly to this side.”


While the family attests that Castillo, in no way, was affiliated in gang activity, he was slain in a known territory.  Corrupt, as he was also called, was the brother of Aniver Palacio, who was gunned down in similar fashion in 2006. Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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5 Responses for “Who murdered Corrupt?”

  1. Storm says:

    His tombstone should read, “He attempted to avert the deadly shooting by shielding himself with the young lady.”

    Regardless, I hope the surveillance camera can lead to a conviction. Although we have had other videotaped crimes where the defendants was acquitted, remarkably! If someone is convicted of murder, let’s hang him.

  2. Rod says:

    And the carnage continues with this useless pm and gov. What a disgrace this gov is.

  3. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    RUMORS !!!

  4. Mona Sebastian says:

    Two Sons deprived of a Mother who lived for her children. How much more can this family endure. Luz, I pray the love of God comforts your heart through your journey of grief.

  5. A Belizean says:

    why does everything here is about the !@#$%^& government! if we were not so political maybe the country would have been a better place!

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