19 year old arrested for killing Marcia Downs Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Belize City Police have arrested and charged 19 year-old Antwan Rivero, a construction worker of Handyside Street, for the murder of 37 year-old Marcia Downs. The cops believe that he went to Downs’ grandmother’s house and shot her to death last week Wednesday night.

Police say that on Wednesday, April 11, at around 8 p.m. Downs was at her grandmother’s house on Handyside Street, her second home when she is not staying at her boyfriend’s house.

Friends and family say that she went down to the front gate, and reports are that her intention was to lock it. Those closest to her says that she received a text message, and while on the way into her yard, someone shouted for her. This person, believed to be Rivero, had a brief conversation with her, after which the man pulled out a handgun and fired 2 shots at her. One of them struck her in the middle of the head, and the shooter immediately retreated through the alleyway which is the only entry and exit from her grandmother’s house on Handyside Street. She was rushed to the KHMH, but a little over an hour later, she succumbed to the injury to her head.

Nobody knows exactly why Downs was murdered, but she becomes the 4th woman to die from gun violence in the last 2 months.

There is speculation that she was targeted because of who her boyfriend is, but others also suggest that somebody close to her may have arranged her killing.

Investigators believe that Antwan Rivero was the shooter, and on Monday, April 16, he was arrested and charged with the crime of murder. He was arraigned on Tuesday, the following day before Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford, and after she read him the charge, she informed him that murder is a charge for which bail is not granted.

Senior Magistrate Ford remanded him to the Belize Central Prison until July 17, when he will be brought back by law enforcement for an adjournment of his case.

Marcia Downs leaves behind 2 children, and at the time of her death, she was an employee of Channel 5, also known by the company’s parent name, Great Belize Productions.