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Leon Garcia stabbed to death on New Year’s day Print E-mail
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Thursday, 04 January 2018 00:00

Leon Garcia, a 30 year-old Belize City resident, was unfortunately, the first victim for 2018 to be murdered in the early morning hours of New Year’s Day. His family freely acknowledges that he had a criminal past, which may have caught up with him. It appears that Garcia and his early morning companions were cornered in a deadly street brawl.

Police say that that at around 3:30 a.m. on Monday, January 1, Garcia, Raheem Reed, and other companions were walking on Barrack Road, and they were heading in the direction of Newtown Barracks. That was unfortunately the time when they were waylaid by a crowd of men, reportedly from several of the city’s gangs.

The men attempted to flee from this mob, but they were cornered before they could make it to a police checkpoint that was in the near vicinity. Others escaped, but Garcia appeared to be the focus of the attack. Reed, reportedly turned back and tried to come to Garcia’s aid, but by that time, it was already too late. Garcia suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest and abdomen, and he had to be rushed to the KHMH. He died shortly afterwards.

For his efforts to come to Garcia’s aid, Reed was stabbed to the upper left side of his rib cage, and he also needed medical treatment.

His mother spoke with the press and she conceded, “Definitely it’s his past. I can’t say anything else.”

Garcia has survived several attempts on his life, some dating back as far as 2006, when he was only 18 years-old. In 2006, someone shot him while he was on Castle Street. Later on, his name kept showing up as defendants in theft and robbery cases. In March 2007, Garcia was charged with attempted murder after being accused of shooting a man in the shoulder. Then only a few months later, he became one of 7 men who were charged for a jewelry store robbery on George Street. In December 2014, someone shot him in the shoulder on his home turf, Victoria Street. Police also received reports back in January of 2016 that a gunman chased Garcia into car wash, and fired shots at him. He escaped unharmed.

But, even though Garcia had all those run-ins with the law and with danger, his mother remembers him as a dutiful son.

She told the press, “I could recall when I was ill, he took me to the bathroom. He bathe me; he did everything that a girl would have done for her mother. Despite the criminal life that people see him as, he was a loving person.”

Police say that they have detained 3 persons pending investigation for Garcia’s murder.