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Thursday, 04 May 2017 00:00

Ladyville police have arrested and charged 28-year-old Timothy Thurton for the murder of 17 year-old Brandon Randy Bradley. The teenager was gunned down on Wednesday night, April 26, when he was only a short distance away from his home in Lords Bank Village.

Residents told the press that at around 9 o’clock that Wednesday night, he was socializing with a group of friends and his brother at an unnamed shop in the village. That shop is less than a mile away, and his companions from that evening say that he was in good spirits joking around with those around him, when he decided that it was time for him to go home.

He was riding his bicycle and less than 2 minutes away from his home, someone ambushed him and shot him in the chest. It is believed that as soon as the first shot hit him, he tried to flee into an open lot through a cement fence of the Green Garden Estate. While he tried to flee, he was shot in the back and the left shoulder, and in the bushes behind the fence is where he spent his last moments alive.

Brandon’s family says that his mother heard the shots, and her intuition urged her to alert the family to her suspicions that he was the victim. Brandon’s mother and sister immediately went out on the street looking for him, and his older brother joined them. They found him behind the fence, and they brought him out to the roadside. The police were called, but by that time, there was nothing that anyone could do for him.

They are unclear as to the motivation of his killer, because according to them, he stayed away from trouble. He is a recent graduate of the Tubal Trade and Vocational Institute, and he was the best student in his class. He recently got a scholarship to study at the ITVET, and they say that he had intentions of continuing his studies, possibly in architecture or electrical engineering.

He is described as a very quiet person, who does not engage anyone, unless others seek him out for conversation. His sister said that he certainly kept mostly to himself. Sharing her suspicions as to why he was murdered, she said, “I think it’s because of jealousy, the way that he kept to himself…”

Timothy Thurton, the man accused of gunning him was arraigned on Tuesday May 2 before Magistrate Carlon Mendoza on a single count of murder. He was remanded to the Belize Central Prison until July 4.