Police detain 16-year-old in murder of journalist in Belize
Police have detained a 16-year-old boy in their investigations into last Monday’s murder of journalist Kareem Clarke but are still working on ascertaining a motive for the crime.
The teenager was held in another shooting incident on Saturday – the same day Clarke was buried – in which a man sustained injury to his hand.
“At this time we have one minor in custody for [Clarke’s] murder. We are doing follow-up work right now and we will know by tomorrow [Tuesday] whether we can charge him for that murder but right now he is only detained pending an investigation at this time,” Superintendent Hilberto Romero told a media conference yesterday. The senior officer said that police still have not established a motive for the fatal shooting. However, he added: “We know for certain Mr. Clarke was not a part of any gang.”
Clarke, a 27-year-old journalist with the biweekly Amandala Newspaper, was shot in the left side of the forehead, back of the head, abdomen, right upper back and middle of the back as he was riding his bicycle around 1 a.m. on July 6, after leaving a friend’s home.
He had been ambushed by a lone male whose gunfire killed him on the spot.