Teenager charged with murder of young Belize journalist
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.