Police in Eastern Division (South) say they are still working to confirm whether the death of 22-year-old Kadeem Castillo on Saturday night, as well as two other shootings, are linked to the death of Gerald “Shiney” Tillett in Dangriga Town. Today Senior Superintendent Alden Dawson, deputy commander of Eastern Division (South), gave details of the incidents:
Supt. Alden Dawson, Deputy Commander of Eastern Division(South): Sometime after 12am on the 17th of April. Police were called out to Crescent where they saw the lifeless body of 22year old Kadeem Castillo. Further checks on the body revealed that he had two gunshot wounds to the chest and two to the head. Our investigation so far is that Castillo and another person was socializing on that street when a car drove up and three persons alighted the vehicle and fired several shots; four of which caught the deceased. We had the shooting of a young man Leonardo Caca, a 24 year old Belizean. He was riding his bicycle on Glenn St. heading towards Avenue, when he heard shots fired, and a young man was riding behind him in the same direction. He realized after the shot was fired, he realized that three of the shots caught him. One to his arm and two to his knees.
Kadeem Castillo’s family did not wish to speak to the media on the record. However, they confirmed that he was shot sometime before midnight while socializing with friends at the house of a family friend. The shooters came in a vehicle and opened fire on the group, then got out to target Castillo as he lay on the ground. His family insists he was not the intended target; they were actually after someone else who was inside. Castillo, they say, was not a gang affiliate. Police have no suspects in any of the incidents and believe that they are not specifically gang-related. Senior Superintendent Dawson repeatedly maintained that Police are investigating the particular angle of linking the Tillett murder to the shootings in the City but have yet to connect them. At this point there is no evidence showing a link between incidences. There was also an unrelated stabbing of one Jesus Martinez, but police had no further information about that incident. Senior Superintendent Dawson asked Belize City residents to be on high alert and work with Police to restore calm and order.