San Ignacio man shot in the back by masked man

A San Ignacio man was shot in the back and killed early Saturday night. Sometime around 12:50 a.m., 21 year old Akeem Guzman arrived at a friend’s vlcsnap-00305home on Flamingo Avenue, San Ignacio Town. He had just arrived and was speaking to a minor while sitting on a crate at the corner of the yard.  According to police, that is when a masked man dressed in full black clothing came out of nearby bushes and shot Guzman once in his back. Guzman got up and ran from where he was sitting and collapsed near the outhouse latrine in the same yard. Guzman was rushed to the San Ignacio hospital where he succumbed to his injury less than an hour later. Police spoke on the incident.

vlcsnap-00311Speaker: On Sunday June 25th, 2017 at about 12:50 AM based on information received police responded to the information. They visited and addressed Flamingo Avenue in San Ignacio Town where the male person identified as Akeem Alexander Guzman, 21 years and Belizean and labourer of number eight Ape Street of San Ignacio Town, was seen leaned against the wall of a bathroom building in the yard with a barren gunshot wound to his back. The investigation reveals that he was along with a male person in the yard behind the house of a friend when a shot was fired, hitting him on his back. He was transported to the San Ignacio Community Hospital, where he succumbed to his injury. Again, the scene was processed, statements have been recorded, we are interviewing some other persons that we believe will assist us in this investigation.

We spoke to Akeem’s mother, Geraldine Flores who told us she doesn’t know why anyone would want to kill her son.

Geraldine Flores (Mother of Akeem Flores): I can’t say, and first of all I won’t say that my son was a saint, but at the end of the day Akeem vlcsnap-00312was my baby and I will always love him, but I don’t know why. I don’t know why they would kill my son like that you know, one shot in the back while he sat down. That’s what I was informed, that he was sitting down when the gun man came from behind and gave him one single shot in his back. Akeem wasn’t a person that liked to speak. He came to visit earlier the night, but he looked as if something was bothering him and I just asked him “Akeem are you okay?” and he just said “Yah.” That was it. Then he asked his brother the time and I told him “About minutes to 12, but why don’t you go home?” And he said “Okay.” His brother told him that it was 12:00 exact and he said “Okay mom I’ll pass by the Chiney to pick up two cigarettes and I’m going home.” And I said “Okay baby, fine. See you in the morning.” And that was the last time I saw my son alive.

Police have a 16 year old minor in custody for questioning.vlcsnap-00309vlcsnap-00307

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