Mother of 9 killed in wild shooting Print E-mail
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Thursday, 24 May 2018 00:00

Michelle Anderson, a 40 year-old mother of 9 from Belize City, was gunned down and killed in a shoot-out which had nothing to do with her. Anderson’s return trip to the shop was supposed to be uneventful, and she was there only to pick up some items she forgot to purchase the first time around. Unfortunately, that’s the time that a gunman decided to carry out his assault on the shop, and she died in the gunfire.

At around 10 a.m. on Monday, May 21, police visited the KHMH and found out that Anderson died from a gunshot wound to the left side of her chest. In that same shooting, 30 year-old Nelson Joel Lopez Aguilar, a Salvadoran meat vendor from Jun’s Shop at the Michael Finnegan Market, was also injured by a gunshot to the left thigh.

Police investigation says that a few minutes before police responded, Anderson and Aguilar were inside the meat stall. Anderson’s family says that she was preparing a home-cooked meal for her entire family, but she forgot a few ingredients, and that’s why she was back at the marketplace.

Unfortunately, that’s when a gunman approached the stall and fired several shots at them both. In the spray of bullets, Aguilar was injured, but Anderson suffered the most severe injury to the chest. She passed away shortly after.

The cops are working on the case, but at this time, it is not exactly clear who the shooter was looking for. It is also unexplained why he opened fire on Anderson, an innocent bystander, in the line of sight.

Understandably, her family is distressed about her senseless killing.

Speaking about Michelle Anderson’s character and her commitment to her children, her mother, Erla, told the press, “She really fought for her children. You would see her out there in the rain or shine. She never depended on the children’s father. She tried in every way and that is why it hurts so much. She was chanced out of her life. Life is not fair but it is real… [She] always thought positive, never thought negative. [She] always tried to make peace with everyone.”

Up until the time of her death, she worked hard as a fish vendor, cleaning and selling fish and other marine products that the fishermen brought back from their trips to the sea.