Teenager charged with mur­der of young Belize jour­nal­ist

The Star (St. Lucia) - - REGIONAL -

A17-year-old said to be as­so­ci­ated with a gang has been charged with the mur­der of jour­nal­ist Ka­reem Clarke, two months af­ter the 27-year-old was gunned down. But po­lice say they still do not have a mo­tive.

“From what we have been made to un­der­stand, it was just done ran­domly. There was no ba­sic mo­tive for it and the per­son whom we have ar­rested and charged is an as­so­ciate of the PIV gang which is one of the gangs that is based in the St. Martins area,” Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Ch­ester Wil­liams said.

“It would ap­pear as if these per­sons were there, they were drink­ing, they were high and they ba­si­cally just shot any­body who was pass­ing by.”

He dis­closed that an eye­wit­ness to the in­ci­dent had given po­lice the break they needed to charge the sus­pect.

Wil­liams said while law­men had been work­ing with the wit­ness from the out­set, the in­di­vid­ual had only re­cently given a sworn state­ment.

Clarke 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 o’clock on the morn­ing of July 6.

The jour­nal­ist had re­port­edly left the res­i­dence of a friend when he was am­bushed by a lone gun­man who fired sev­eral shots, killing him on the spot.

Po­lice re­cov­ered eight 9-mm shells from the scene.

The teenager ap­peared in court on Tues­day and was re­manded to prison.

Ka­reem Clarke

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