Gang-like execution targets James Hyde in Griga

Gang-like execution targets James Hyde in Griga

BELIZE CITY, Monday, May 14th, 2012

By Alton Humes

The ever-present spectre of gun violence reared its ever-ugly head in the most unlikely and laid-back of spots, the ‘Culture Capital’, Dangriga Town. James Hyde, a 36-year-old Belize City-born ‘transplant’ of sorts to Dangriga, was viciously and brutally shot to death on Thursday May 10th, just prior to the start of another long weekend.

The key question that Police must answer with regard to this particular incident is – was it Hyde’s past that ‘followed’ him to Dangriga, and thereby contributed to his death?

It’s a rather loaded question, but one that is very much necessary to solve yet another in the series of serial murders. Here are the facts as are known thus far: Hyde was at his residence at the corner of Riverside and Oak Streets, not too far from the North Stann Creek River, hanging out with varied friends whom he fished with at around 7:20 p.m. That is when two gunmen in a white vehicle, reportedly with Belmopan license plates drove up, entered the yard with their faces well-covered and opened fire on the gathering. Everyone but Hyde had to duck for cover, leaving Hyde to be hit with 6 shots – 3 to his head, 1 to his thumb, 1 to his knee and one to his left side of his ear, killing him almost instantly.

Dangriga residents have been left in utter disbelief at unadulterated, cold-blooded nature of the murder.

Dangriga Police are tight-lipped about the case, only calling it ‘drug-related’. For his family, he is the third in number to go down from this spate of violence.

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