Po­lice de­tain 16-year-old in mur­der of jour­nal­ist in Belize

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

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.

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