Victor Gibbs killed, reason: UNKOWN Print E-mail
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Thursday, 22 March 2018 00:00

Victor Gibbs, a 30 year-old sales man of Mex Avenue in Belize City, was the first resident to be murdered over the weekend.

At around 6:25 p.m., on Friday, March 16, police visited the corner of King Street and West Canal. That’s where they found Gibb’s grey Ford Escape SUV, with the engine running; the vehicle was in the middle of the street. Inside, the cops found his body in the driver’s seat of the vehicle; someone shot him several times to the back of the left ear, the left cheek, the left shoulder, and the right cheek.

Police investigation revealed that he left from his house on Mex Avenue, and he went to a shop near West Canal. While he was driving, a gunman opened fire on his side of the vehicle, injuring him multiple times. There was nothing that the authorities could do for him, and by the time they rushed him to the KHMH, he was pronounced dead on arrival.

It is not known at this time why Gibbs was murdered, but at the beginning of August 2016, he made the evening news as the defendant police charged for a fatal accident which killed Emily Guy, a well-known public servant.

For that accident, Gibbs was charged with manslaughter by negligence, causing death by careless conduct, driving a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration above the prescribed limit, and two counts of negligent harm. In that incident, police believed that Gibb’s was driving under the influence of alcohol when he hit Emily Guy and pinned her to a lamp post on West Collet Canal, near the Michael Finnegan Market. 2 other people were injured in that accident, a woman who was standing next to Guy, when she was hit, and a coconut vendor, who had his business set up right near the lamp post. They both survived. At the time of Gibb’s murder, he was out on bail awaiting a criminal trial on those 6 traffic related charges.

Police don’t know if Gibb’s murder is somehow connected to that accident, but that is a possibility that they are considering. Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo, the officer commanding the Criminal Investigation’s Branch in Belize City, made that indication in a police press conference.

He commented, “The motive for this shooting, we are still kind of puzzled. We know that Mr. Gibbs is not related to any of the gangs in Belize City…. We have information that he was involved in a previous accident where he was charged for somebody’s death and that is an angle that police are looking at this moment.”