Teenager charged for killing young man in San Pedro Print
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Thursday, 03 May 2018 00:00

Police have arrested and charged a male minor for the murder of Reniery Figueroa Garcia, a 25 year-old Honduran shop-owner from San Pedro, who was shot and killed inside his business place on the island.

Police say that around 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 26, they visited the San Pedro Poly Clinic, and that’s where they found Garcia’s body. Someone shot him in the head.

Initial investigations have revealed to police that at around 8 p.m., he was inside his business place, Dicky’s Store, located in the San Mateo area. 2 men, wearing hoodies stormed in and one of them pulled out a weapon and shot Garcia in the head. He collapsed in the store, and in the confusion of the shooting, the assailants escaped by running toward the lagoon area.

Garcia passed away shortly after being injured.

The cops don’t think that robbery was the motive for Garcia’s murder. No personal belongings, or money were taken from the shop.

His aunt spoke with the press and said that he intended to close his shop early for that Thursday workday, but he decided to stay open for business until his usual closing time, at 9.

Police say that a minor, whose age was not specified, has since been arrested and charged with his murder. That youth will be arraigned and remanded into custody at the earliest convenience. Another man is currently being investigated for possibly having a role in the killing.

At this time, no one knows why Garcia was killed, and his family asserts that he lived an honest and humble life away from the criminal underworld. He is described as a kind businessman who often gave credit to his customers who didn’t have the money to pay upfront for the items they wanted from his store.

His aunt says that he dedicated his life to his wife and his daughter, and his intention was to improve his family’s fortunes here in Belize.

She remembers a conversation which they had, in which he told her, “I want a better future for my child because we are illegal here. We are Hondurans; we will uplift ourselves.”