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Delone Vernon Dies after Second Gunshot to the Stomach Print E-mail
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Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

Delone Vernon31-year-old Delone Vernon died at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital on Tuesday, June 17th, at 9:10 p.m. He was an Office Assistant and Youth Counselor at Youth for the Future. According to a police report, at around 8:50 p.m., Vernon was socializing at the residence of 32-year-old Sherna Miller when a man dressed in a black jacket with a hood over his head entered and fired several shots at them. Miller received gunshot wounds to the left arm and right leg, while Vernon received gunshot wounds to the right upper abdomen. They were both rushed to the KHMH where Miller was admitted to ward in a stable condition. Emergency operation was conducted on Vernon but he succumbed to his injuries while undergoing surgery.   

The news has been heartbreaking for his family, friends and coworkers who have been working diligently to raise funds so that he could access medical services abroad to treat wounds from a previous shooting incident. On October 12 of last year, Vernon was going to work sometime around 6 a.m., when two men approached him at the corner of Ebony Street and Magazine Road Extension. One of the men, whom he knew as Ellis Meighan Jr., took out a gun and handed it over to the other who immediately opened fire. Vernon was hit by bullets in the lower abdomen, left lower back and right upper leg. He was rushed to the KHMH and stabilized after emergency surgeries. However, he never fully recovered and a series of food sales were held to raise funds for him to travel abroad for medical attention.

People may remember Vernon from his appearance on the “I Am Belize Profile” series which airs on 7 News. In it, he spoke about his life growing up in the PIV area and how he was familiar with gang life. He also explained the history of a beef between PIV and Bakatown and the reason he decided to opt out of gang life. In the profile he said, “Right now where I am heading in my life is like a new place - a new me. Only, that I used the other little things back in the past to help upgrade me. Right now where I am heading is that I expect to be this person where in 5 years’ time I will have my own counseling group and I will make a change in Belize.”

Police are seeking a Belize City man for questioning in relation to the shooting.