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Gilroy Martinez latest victim in gang flareup Print E-mail
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Friday, 01 September 2017 00:00

The 5 children of 32 year-old Gilroy “Fries” Martinez will have to grow up without his parenting presence because he was shot and killed in the flare up of gang violence.

The incident happened at around 8 a.m. on Monday, August 28, a short distance from his Curl Thompson Street home. His family tells the press that he left his house, where his children and wife were present at the time. He was supposed to go and return some tools he borrowed.  Where he actually went, nobody who spoke to the media could say. He returned and left on another unknown errand, and it was during that time that he was shot and killed.

It appears that he completed his errand, and was on the way back home when he passed through a neighbour’s yard. That’s where his shooter attacked him. That gunman shot Martinez in broad daylight, and the bullets struck him to the head; he died on the spot.

His family is devastated, but it appears that they suspected he had enemies within his neighbourhood. He reportedly received threats due to the company he kept; these friends were supposedly rivals of persons who demanded that he stay away from them.

His family says that gunmen came after him on Saturday night, and they were trying to waylay him. Fortunately, they were spotted, and when the alarm was sounded on them, they fled. Reports out of the Jane Usher Boulevard community are that Martinez and a ranking member of one of the gangs had a disagreement about these friends of his, which turned him into a target.

His sister, Shakema Lorenzo, acknowledged, “It must be because he hangs out with gang members.”

Martinez’s friends and family insists that this was the only fault anyone could find with him, because he was an otherwise very friendly person. His wife insists that he reports to his job as a construction worker, and at the end of the day, he returns home. He leaves behind 5 children.

His sister told the press that although he is no gang member, she believes that retaliations may happen because his friends, who certain personalities demanded he stay away from, are also mourning his death.

Martinez is the 8th Belize City resident to be murdered in the month of August.