Another drug related murder San Pedro Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 30 April 2014 00:00

Dennis “Chingy” Palacio, a 43-year-old native of Maskall Village who was living out on the island of San Pedro, was shot to death at around 11:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. It is believed that his murder was drug related.

Palacio was leaning up against a fence at the entrance of an alley off Seaweed Street on the Island when a gunman ambushed him. The man fired 5 shots at him, and when Palacio realized what was happening, he tried to escape. The assailant chased him down in a neighbour’s yard and shot him 3 times in the back and once to the right hand. The shooter managed to escape, and 5 minutes later, San Pedro police arrived on the scene, and found Palacio dead.

Police in San Pedro are trying to figure out what motivated the gang-style slaying, and so far the only apparent connections are those links to his illicit enterprise. Palacio started to peddle drugs through the San Juan area; he was known to sell marijuana, and that’s how he supported himself while staying on the island.

His friends on the island say that he didn’t have much when he was there; in fact, they recounted how he used to sleep in the attic of an abandoned house. That was next to the roof, which wasn’t very comfortable, so residents living in the alley gave him a small room to stay rent-free.