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Mar 14, 2013

Family of basket-baller shot in face preparing for the worst

Ronald Rivers

Tour guide, Ronald Rivers, who was shot once to the face by a gunman on March fourth is being kept alive through a ventilator and his family is now preparing for the worst. Rivers has undergone multiple rounds of surgery at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital but his condition has deteriorated to the point that his family has now taken a painful decision. Rivers was in a vehicle that experienced mechanical problems at the corner of Youth For the Future Drive and Vernon Street when he was shot. Duane Moody has that report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

It’s been over a week since Ronald Rivers was shot to the face and following several surgeries and other medical procedures, the family says that Ronald is being kept on a ventilator until Saturday when they will pull the plug.


Kylie Rivers, Sister of Shooting Victim

“The entire family went there because we had the decision to make to remove him from off the machine. Basically, he is, you could say dead. All his organs and everything has failed; only the machine is keeping him there. He is a fighter and he fought and you know, I think ih couldn’t ah hold up no more. Ih heart have wah lee beat, but noh enough. The doctor says ih gone already so the family came, we went there, we thought that we could have made the decision, but the doctors said that if we want, we could hold up until twenty-four to forty-eight hours just to make sure that he is definitely gone without no question or anything and perform a next CT-scan to calm the family; to make no doubt about it that he is definitely gone.”


According to sister, Kylie Rivers, Ronald experienced a massive stroke.


Kylie Rivers

Kylie Rivers

“He had the surgery Sunday and after the surgery he went into the ICU. It was just to relieve the swelling off the brain and they had to open his stomach to put it in there to preserve that part of the skull. And somehow within that time period, he developed an infection and also pneumonia and that along with everything else that he was going through shut down his entire system; his kidneys, everything. And as I said, he had a massive stroke right after that. So all of that together just compiled and I think he couldn’t handle it anymore. Anybody that saw him upstairs in surgical ward, he was fighting.”


The family is doing a barbecue on Friday to assist with his medical expenses and for funeral expenses.


Kylie Rivers

“We are still doing the barbecue on Friday right here on Antelope Street at his residence, Rivers Residence. As I said we are still looking for any little support, donation towards this cause.  Whatever his funeral expenses and whatever expenses he has at the hospital because he was in the private ward in the Intensive Care at the K.H.M.H. and definitely we will need to pay that bill before anything. So with that and with the funeral expenses, that’s what we are trying to raise funds for.”


Lloyd Alexander King

The family says that Ronald has no known enemies. And eighteen year old Belize City resident, Lloyd Alexander King was arraigned in Magistrate Court on March sixth for the Attempted Murder, Use of Deadly Means of Harm and Dangerous Harm upon Rivers. He has since been remanded to the Central Prison. When Rivers is taken off the machine, it is expected that the attempted murder charge will be upgraded to murder. Duane Moody for News Five.


Just prior to the shooting, Rivers, an avid basketball player, had returned from Petén in late February where he played one game in a basketball tournament. The team pulled out because of an offensive map that portrayed Belize as part of Guatemala.

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7 Responses for “Family of basket-baller shot in face preparing for the worst”

  1. no mercy for murderers says:

    It brings tears to my heart to see some one I know as respectable cool and a very nice person suffering like this because of some stupid kid and for no reason at all.I hope every breath lloyd king take for the remainder of his life will be a suffering to him,the worst pain imaginable.I have been a friend of Roland for some time now and I have never seen him upset or angry .why does good people have to suffer this way?I hope they hang lloyd upside down until he die,or better yet feed him to the fishes.

  2. Storm says:

    Prayers for Mr. Rivers and condolences to his family, it’s a totally unjust tragedy.

    As for Killer King, let’s hang him, the sooner the better.

  3. I know now says:

    God grant this family the strength to pull through this most painful time. The loss of a loved one especially is such circumstances is too painful but you Lord know it all and though we know we cannot get justice on this earth with the system we have we know you are watching from above. Amen

  4. Al says:

    My deepest sympathy goes out to this family for the lost of their loved one. This killer needs to be the first to get the death penalty. Let him be the first to dangle from the end of some brand new rope. I bet he would wet his pants as he stand before that rope. There is no hope for this killer, look at his face, there is nothing there, you can tell he does not have one ounce of humanity in him. Please covict and make the penalty fit the senseless crime he committed.

  5. Required says:

    Heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Rivers family, through this tough time of loss. May you all find comfort in the many pleasant memories of your dear love one. May he rest in peace.

  6. Erwin X says:

    The world is a cycle: Death is coming for all who believe they can kill and walk away. We are living in the days of judgement. Only our righteousness will sustain us in these dark and ominous days. Wake up Belizeans we got to strive to improve our ways renew our minds and save our youths, our people and our nation from mental and spiritual death and wanton murders. None but ourselves can free our minds. Rest in Peace brother Ronald.

  7. K-Dawg says:

    R.I.P. Ronald and Rise in Glory Bro!

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