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Quadruple Homicide at George Street Base Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 January 2013 00:00

(TopResidents of Belize City were hit with frightening news as they began their morning activities on Tuesday, January 8th, when reports of four bodies being discovered in an apartment building at the corner of Dean and Plues Streets were on most morning talk shows. Speculations and rumours about who were killed, how they were killed and who killed them spread far and wide even before the identities of the bodies were confirmed. It led to a massive assembly of neighbours and residents of the surrounding areas at the scene of the massacre.


Police arrived at the two- storey building at 7:50 a.m. and found the lifeless bodies of 40-year-old Keino Quallo, 30-year-old Leonard “Ghost” Myers, Jr., 28-year-old Anthony Perez and 19-year-old Albert “Long John” Fuentes on the second floor. The bodies of Keino Quallo, Anthony Perez and Albert Fuentes were seen in the corridor of the apartments and the body of Leonard Myers was found inside Room #9. All four men had multiple stab wounds to their bodies and there was no sign of forced entry. By 8 o’ clock, there were a couple dozen angry onlookers and by 8:15 a.m. there were over a hundred. The crowd openly expressed its resent for the police officers as they processed the scene. The ugliest verbal assaults came from the women in the crowd. They spoke of ways to get back at the police - by seducing and leading them to ambushes or by killing their family members. The anger was particularly focused on the Gang Suppression Unit, who residents believe is responsible for the horrible act. They blame the GSU because they say “the police are the only ones that can come into Gaza turf”.

The crowd got more aggressive in its advancement towards the police officers at about 8:45 a.m. when they started to remove the bodies from the apartment building and load them into the back of police trucks. Officers remained on the scene with responsibility to disassemble the crowd which was at the brink of evolving into a destructive mob. However, those officers soon found themselves back-pedaling as the mob realized that police would do not harm as long as cameras were rollin - and the media was well represented. Opportunists took advantage of the situation and fulfilled long held ambitions. They launched a couple of pint bottles at the police officers. The police responded by firing their rifles and the crowd was forced into retreat mode. The officers then cleared the area and kept it under high surveillance for the rest of the day.

The Ministry of National Security has assigned three of its top detectives to investigate the quadruple murder that caused the uproar. The lead investigator is Superintendent Alden Dawson, Commander of the Crimes Investigation Branch. Dawson is responsible to follow every tip including the suggestion that elements of the Belize Police Department were involved. The Ministry also deployed additional Belize Defense Force soldiers to Belize City to maintain order.