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Friday, 07 September 2018 00:00

Francis Pollard, a 23 year-old mechanic of Arlington Drive in Belize City, was the second man to be shot and killed in the City. Pollard, who is also known as “Tito”, was an ex-convict, and according to his family, he tried to change his life after being released from prison.

Police say that at around 8 p.m. on Friday, August 31st, 2018, they visited the KHMH after being informed that there was another shooting on that day. When they arrived, they found Pollard’s lifeless body, and the cops observed that he had suffered gunshot wounds to different parts of his body.

Initial investigation is that at around 7:45 p.m., he was walking on Boots Crescent, and he was just about to enter a friend’s yard. Before he could not open the gate, a gunman approached him from behind and shot him several times. He was rushed to the KHMH, but succumbed shortly afterwards from his injuries.

His family says that he intended to get some food, and head over to his friend’s house. His last conversation with his grandmother was that he would be careful while on the street, but his intention to be safe was not enough. Police suspect at this time, that Pollard’s killing was in retaliation for the murder of Shakedi Baizar, who was shot and killed about 6 hours earlier in the day. Currently, It is believed that he was randomly chosen by his assailant because of his neighborhood, and that he was not specifically targeted.

His uncle and former employer, Cleophus Burgess, told the press that he found Pollard to be a changed man after he exited prison. Pollard went to him with the intention of becoming gainfully employed, and according to his uncle, he diligently kept at it doing metal work. He leaves behind an infant child.