Third Belize City murder in four days, police charge teenager

While Roaring Creek has seen a spate of murders over the past few months,Belize City has seen three incidents of murder in the last six days dating back to the end of the Easter weekendThe latest was brazen and disturbing, but police have solved it rather quickly. Around 9:20 on Saturday morning, April 11, police visited a yard on Mayflower Street where 40 year old Edward Usher, a resident of the street, was lying face down on the footsteps of a two storey wooden house. He had been shot five times, apparently with a 9mm caliber handgun, to various parts of the body and head. Residents came out in droves to view the latest victim in the area. He had been with multiple persons in the yard, several of whom were later detained by police. His family members could barely contain their grief and anger. But police picked up their chief suspect within moments of the incident, and today announced his formal arrest. Superintendent of Police Hilberto Romero, the officer commanding Criminal Investigation Branch for Eastern Division, tells us more.

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“Quick police response lead to the detention of the Percival Pilgrim, 18 years, of a Logwood Street address. He was in the area. A thorough investigation was conducted into that murder and we have now charged Percival Pilgrim for the crime of murder.”

Reporter

“Sir, can you what happened in that yard?”

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“The information we have is that one gunman enter the yard, approached the deceased Edward Usher and fired several shots at him.

Reporter

”Was the yard crawling with people?”

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“At the time, there weren’t many persons there. I know that there are three houses in that general vicinity  and at some point, Usher was in that yard and a lone gun man entered that yard and fired a shot.”

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“We don’t have an exact motive. I know we are still doing our investigation in that area. The information we are gathering is that there was some rivalry between these persons in that area that led to the shooting.”

Reporter

“Gang personnel?”

 Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Well personnel from that Mayflower area.”

Reporter

“Sir can you talk to us about Mister Pilgrim? Was he detained with any weapons?”

 Supt. Hilberto Romero

“He was not found with any weapon.

Reporter

”Sir we understand that he was detained minutes after police arrived on the scene. Could you tell us how that happened.”

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Quick police response lead to his detention in that area.”

Reporter

“Has any murder weapon been recovered?”

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“No murder weapon has been recovered.”

Reporter

“Sir, Mister Usher, is he a known gang affiliate of Mayflower?”

 

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Yes he hangs out in that general area of Mayflower. He has been charged before for robberies, burglaries and possession of firearm.”

Reporter

“Is Mr. Pilgrim  known to be a  gang affiliate?”

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“This is the first time he has been charged.”

 

Police were not able to recover the weapon used in the incident. While not confirming if it was specifically gang rivalry, Supt. Romero says an internal rivalry is suspected to have led to Saturday morning’s events

 And Romero says police have tried to keep a lid on the situation with extra patrols in the area.

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Police has launched an operation through that area.  We have posted more police personnel in that area and we are placing  all our resources in that area so stop any farther escalation of shootings.”

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“Are you confident you are able to contain the situation.”

Supt. Hilberto Romero

“Well since that murder, so far we have not had another shooting. We have oir patrols and personnel on high alert.”

Reporter

“Are you able to divulge any information as to what this rivalry is about?”

  Supt. Hilberto Romero

”I do not have that information at this time.”

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