28 year old Kareem Frederick Lopez, aka “Robbery”, of Jane Usher Boulevard in Belize City, met a violent end around 10:15 Saturday night on Central American Boulevard, when he was shot multiple times while purchasing fast food at a restaurant.
It was while he was opening the door of his car that a group of men approached him and fired several shots in his direction fatally injuring him.
We hear from press officer for the Belize Police Department, Raphael Martinez.
“At approximately 10:20 p.m. police visited an area near to a fast-food establishment on Central American Boulevard, where they saw the body of twenty-eight-year-old Kareem Frederick Lopez, also known as Robbery, lying on the Boulevard with multiple gunshot wounds to the body.
Initial investigations revealed that he drove up to that establishment in his vehicle, and as he came out of his vehicle he was approached by a group of men who fired several shots at him causing the fatal injury.
He was transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where the body awaits a post-mortem.
One man has been detained.”
According to Officer in Charge of Criminal Investigation Branch (CIB) for Eastern Division, Superintendent Hilberto Romero, police are investigating all leads, including his reported ties to the George Street Gang ,and allegations that he was set up to die after an altercation on New Year’s Day.
“We have one person in custody. We continue the investigation. We are recording several statements, conducting interviews, and if at the end of the investigation there is sufficient evidence, then we will be able to charge that person that is in custody. We have one person in custody at this time for that murder.
The deceased was a known person to the police. We have several theories that we’re following up on.”
Reports suggest the shooting was masterminded by a good friend of Kareem Lopez, but police declined to confirm. Police have detained one person of interest as part of their ongoing investigations.
At the time of his death Kareem Lopez faced charges of discharging a firearm in public, for an incident after the Carnival Jouvert on Douglas Jones Street in September of 2013. Also around that same time he was charged for possession of half a gram of cannabis and knowingly belonging to a criminal gang, specifically the George Street Gang.