Two Gang Generals killed in One Weekend Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 26 April 2012 00:00

The most heated and deadly feud in Belize is that between the gangsters of George Street and Taylor’s Alley. Both groups lost their generals in the past weekend.

Police responded to the scene of a shooting at the Esso Gas Station located at miles 2½ on the Northern Highway at about 11:20 p.m. on Friday, April 20. There they saw the lifeless body of 31-year-old Shelton Tillett, also known as Pinky, and 23-year-old Kamille Andrews inside a white Ford Ranger pickup truck. According to reports, Tillett and Andrews arrived at the gas station at 11 p.m. and Tillett exited the vehicle and went inside the store. As soon as Tillett returned to his truck, a man with a dread hat and a mask over his face exited a grey Pathfinder and approached the vehicle. The man fired several shots at Tillett and Andrews. Tillett was shot to the center of the chest, left side of the chest, right arm and neck.  Andrews was shot to the right side of her chest, right rib cage, left arm and left arm pit. Both died on the scene.

Tillett was the boss of the George Street Gang. News of his execution spread rapidly and so did assumptions about the identity of his assassin. There are only a few people thought of as being brave enough to pull off a hit like that. The name Arthur Young came up most often. However, in the truce era, that was not a certainty because the streets will tell you that Young seemed committed to building a partnership with Tillett. The two were even seen relaxing in a local gambling house. Unconfirmed reports are that they had exchanged numbers and would communicate with each other about “soldiers getting out of control on either camp”. Tillett and Young were the two generals that seemed most committed to maintaining the truce. Hours after the murder, it became public knowledge that the entire incident was caught on tape and news spread that police were certain that Arthur Young was the triggerman.

Police began searching for Young. They received information that he was being harbored at an abandoned house on Bonefish Street in Vista Del Mar, Ladyville. Police launched an operation and visited the location at 11:15 p.m. on Sunday, April 22. Though the house appeared abandoned, shuffling was heard inside as police announced their presence. Police entered and, according to their official reports, found Arthur Young inside one of the rooms trying to escape capture. However, he was apprehended. The police report goes on to say that “whilst being escorted to the Eastern Police Division in Belize City, a struggle ensued between Young and officers inside the pan of the Police vehicle as he attempted to disarm one of the officers.  The firearm discharged and resulted in Young sustaining injuries.” Young was rushed to the Karl Huesner Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Investigation into the incident continues.