Chased, shot and killed in St. Matthews Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:00

Dean Glenford Galvez, a 21 year-old laborer of Saint Matthews Village in the Cayo District, has been charged with murder for the shooting death of his fellow villager, 19 year-old Roni Casasola Jr.. His relatives say that the man who shot him to death was behaving in a drunken and belligerent manner, and that they don’t know why that shooter gunned him down.

Police say that around 12:35 a.m. on Sunday, May 6, they responded to information of a shooting incident in the village. When they arrived, they found a hispanic young man on an unnamed street. He was later identified as Casasola, and the cops observed that he was suffering from gunshot wounds to the middle of the chest, and by that time, he already appeared lifeless. Nevertheless, the cops rushed him to the Western Regional Hospital for medical treatment, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Police investigation is that Casasola was involved in some misunderstanding with another man at a bar in the village. That man pulled out a firearm, and fired two shots at Casasola, but they missed. He ran away, and he was pursued by the gunman, and moments later, more shots were heard, and Casasola was found injured in his mother’s garden of flowers. That injury to the chest did not allow his family or the police to react fast enough to get him medical help.

No parent wants to receive news that their child was murdered, but in Casasola’s case, his mother actually witnessed it taking place right in front of her, and she was powerless to stop it.

His mother, Elvira Casasola, told the press, “The boy [gunman] shot five times …one caught him in the chest and that’s it. By the time we rushed him to hospital, he was dead. He didn’t arrive at hospital alive.”

It is unclear what the exact nature of this disagreement he had with the man who shot him, but his family is certainly distressed that his life was ended simply because of some quarrel at the bar. There is the suggestion coming from the grieving family that the shooter has carried himself in the village as though he is untouchable.

Well, the cops proved otherwise, and charged him with murder on Monday, May 7. He was arraigned at the Belmopan Magistrate’s Court, and was remanded to the Belize Central Prison.