It was a murderous weekend in Belize City as we entered the month of September. Three of the murders occurred on Friday, August 31, and three on September 1. Five of them involved the use of firearms.
The first murder happened around 1:45 p.m. on Friday. Shakeedi Baizar, 23, had just left Matron Roberts Clinic and was walking through a nearby alley when a man approached him and fired several shots.
Baizar was being treated in the Matron Roberts Clinic when he succumbed to his injuries. His death is said to be gang-related and caused at least one of the other deaths that occurred over the weekend, police said.
About 6 hours later, at 8 p.m., police visited Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where they saw the body of Francis Pollard, 23, a welder of Arlington Drive. The body had multiple gunshot wounds on it.
At around 7:45 p.m., Pollard was walking on Doris Brooks Street when, as he was entering a yard, a man came up to him and fired several shots at him, fatally wounding him.
About three and a half hours after this, at 11:30 p.m., Daniel Lopez, 25, a Chon Saan delivery man of Antelope Street, was shot several times as well, and his body was found motionless when the police arrived on the scene.
Early investigations reveal that Lopez was delivering food at the corner of George and Basra Street when a man approached him and shot him. The reason is unknown.
Less than 24 hours later, at around 12:45 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, police responded to a report at the Bayview Guest House on Baymen Avenue. Upon checking room #4, they observed the body of Allen Portillo, 40, a security guard of Independence Village. Police reports say that he was found with both hands and feet tied, and he had been strangled.