Belize City man murdered over holiday weekend Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 March 2012 00:00

David HernandezBELIZE CITY, Mon. Mar. 13, 2012

The family of 21 year old David Alberto Hernandez is visibly shaken and upset over the senseless killing of their loved one.  David left his home located on Berkley Street on Saturday, March 10, 2012, after 8:00 p.m.,to purchase items from a store when he was gunned down.

He sustained a gunshot wound to the left upper shoulder, once to his left armpit and once to the left side of his back.

David succumbed to his injuries on his way to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, that night.  The mourning family told us that David did not deserve such a fate because he was, as far as they knew, good person.

According to the police press release, David was standing on Racecourse Street in Belize City, approximately 25 feet from the junction with East Canal, when he was ambushed.

The police say that David was shot three times, and that after being shot he, “was seen staggering to the ground”.

According to David’s father, Jose Ricardo Hernandez, rumor has it that the shooter(s) had wanted to shoot David’s friend but after David instructed his friend to run away, that was when he was shot three times.

Jose told us today that prior to his son’s murder that night, he had been inquiring about David’s whereabouts.  Jose explained that while his son is obedient and a very good person, he grew concerned over the increasing violence in the neighborhood.

The family told us that they heard three gunshots in the area that night and were very concerned over it but that they had never expected it to be David that would be killed.  At this point, Jose had just reached the gate to the family house after his efforts in locating David turned futile.

“When I reached at the gate I heard three shots; but I didn’t think it was my son.  I saw one of his little friends coming from the Canal area.  He said ‘Mr. Ricky they just shot David.’ Then I ran to the scene and they had already taken him to the hospital.

“I went to the hospital; I saw my son lying, dead on the bed,” Jose told us.

According to his father, David had recently graduated from the Anglican Cathedral College, and despite holding down a job at the Princess Hotel and Casino, he advised David to quit the job because of the late hours he had to be commuting to and from work.

We asked him how he and his family were doing, he replied, “It’s really hard, really hard, because it is a little boy that is a loving little boy.  I want people to know that I was a father to my boy [he is the youngest of eight children]; I must know where he is and what he is doing, because I want to know if he is a bad son or a good son”.

No one has been detained and the police investigations continue.