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May 5, 2014

Julian Willoughby is gunned down while on bail

Julian Willoughby

An apartment on Antelope Street Extension was the scene of a shooting at the start of the weekend. One man was killed and four others injured, including a fourteen year old minor and a young woman.  Twenty-four year old Julian Willoughby was socializing with the group when two men wearing black caps approached them and unleashed a volley of gunshots; Willoughby was hit multiple times on the upper part of his body. The assailants then fled in a waiting car. The victims of the shooting were rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where Willoughby succumbed shortly before midnight.  Duane Moody has a report.


Duane Moody, Reporting

This bungalow apartment building off Antelope Street was the scene of the Old Capital’s latest homicide. Around ten-thirty on Friday night, twenty-four year old Julian Willoughby was hit multiple times to the upper body and died on the spot. Willoughby was socializing with at least four other persons include a fourteen year old minor when two persons approached his group; one took out a gun and fired several shots in their direction. Willoughby’s sister, Doreen Polanco, who was at a friend’s house nearby, heard the gunshots.


Doreen Polanco, Sister of Deceased

“We hear the gunshot. But I neva pay it no mind; then after that we get news that it was by wa rooms weh my ma used to rent. My ma just move out Thursday night and the shooting happen Friday night. So when I hear hey say dah the same rooms weh my ma used to live, I still neva moved or pay it no mind because I say my ma done move out. Then after that, I get a phone call from my ma and my ma say that they shoot up Julian ina the same rooms weh she mi di rent. So immediately I get up and I left my friend and I come forward where it happened. But my ma neva tell me that ih done dead. Before I coulda mi reach weh part ih happen, I see my son and my lee sister running to me and ih say mommy, Julian just dead. Deh shoot up Julian and ih dead.”


Four persons were injured: twenty-one year old Chris Reyes was shot to the left upper arm and chest, twenty year old Phillipa Ramirez was hit to the left side of the jaw, eighteen year old Francisco Rivas was shot to the left upper back and a fourteen year old male student was shot to the left leg. Police say that they have two persons currently detained in connection with this latest homicide.


Jorge Lemus

Cpl. Jorge Lemus, Admin Officer, Precinct Two, Belize City Police

“The investigation is in its initial stages and we are trying to put the pieces together to come to a modus, noh.  I know that he was arrested and charged and placed before the court on an ammunition charge and that he was supposed to appear in court. but that’s about it that I can comment on.”



“Is this the first time that he has been charged for any offenses?”


Cpl. Jorge Lemus

“No, it is not the first time.”



“Four others were injured in the shooting. Could you give us any idea as to how they are doing?”


Cpl. Jorge Lemus

“Two have since been released from the hospital and two is still admitted to ward in a serious condition but stable.”


Willoughby is well known to the law and according to his sister; he was recently released on bail on April ninth and was employed as a carpenter for the past two weeks. She says that while they don’t know who they are, they knew that he had many enemies that wanted him dead.


Doreen Polanco

Doreen Polanco

“My bredda know dehn wah kill ahn out ya. Every day he say it; that so much man wah kill he. The very Friday when dehn shoot he, he come ina di same yard weh I mi deh dah my friend and he say, I know wah hundred and one man out yah wah kill me, but none ah dehn noh wah get fi do it. And dah the same Friday night the shooting happen.  The first thing I say, how he get shot because my bredda always deh pan lookout and any time he see somebody strange, he know okay make I look out. but when I get fi understand that dah ina wah room he mi deh; the gunman reach dah the door, there is no way out. Right dah the door the gunman deh, so he neva had no way to escape or get out.”


Two Aguila brand nine millimeter expended shells and five live nine millimeter rounds of the same brand were recovered by police at the scene. Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “Julian Willoughby is gunned down while on bail”

  1. MOSES x says:

    It appears these gangster can hit anyone with impunity. Can they hit others- or just gangster-. There are lots of bigger and powerful game in the forest.

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