Belize City Youth Murdered in San Pedro Town
There were three murders in less than twenty-four hours in Belize City, Stann Creek and San Pedro. The latest murder was on the island, but the victim is from south-side Belize City where police are on alert in the event that the killing may result in retaliation. It is not clear when Brandon Humes went to San Pedro, but he was found shot to death this morning inside an apartment on Coconut Drive just in front of the San Pedro High School. How he got there and why is under investigation. The tenant of the apartment had left prior to the shooting, but indications are that Humes may have been lured to his murder. Hipolito Novelo has the following report.
Hipolito Novelo, Reporting
At around nine o’clock this morning, gunshots were heard coming from inside this building, an apartment complex on Coconut Drive in San Pedro Town.
Natalie Arceo, Landlady
“We heard multiple gunshots which were very loud.”
Landlady, Natalie Arceo, quickly made checks which led her to what is believed to be the murder weapon.
“As soon as I open my door, I walked out and is saw that a gun was on our doorstep. And so I immediately called police after that, because I figure that yes it is possible that the gunshots came from our building. I called the police and I would say that they responded very quickly.”
By the time police arrived, the gunman or gunmen had escaped. A nine-millimeter pistol was near the lifeless body of eighteen-year-old Brandon Humes. Humes’ body was found inside room number six. He had been shot several times and died on the spot.
ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch
“On police’s arrival they observed a brown complexion male person in a sitting position with what appears to be gunshot injuries and motionless.”
Humes was reportedly found dead, seated on a sofa. According to reports, the tenant Jose Flores welcomed a woman and man, both who he knows, into his apartment. Flores left with the woman, leaving the man behind in the apartment. He later received a call and found a stranger murdered in his room. The man who visited is nowhere to be found. Flores told police that he has no idea who Humes is and how he entered his apartment
ACP Joseph Myvett
“One Jose Flores reported to police that at around eight, he was visited by a male and a female person whom he is familiar with. Sometime shortly thereafter, he departed his home along with the female, leaving the male person at his home. Whilst out in San Pedro he was called that there was a shooting incident at this apartment.”
“I called him because I was calling everybody to make checks. I told him to listen there is something going on can you come out here and just see because I didn’t go upstairs. When he went upstairs he confirmed to me that indeed in his room, it was in his apartment where the shooting had occurred. He does seem to know who the person is and neither do we. We have never seen this young man at our building ever.”
Humes is from Southside Belize City. Police are looking for two suspects.
ACP Joseph Myvett
“At this point in time the investigation is in its early stages I should say. And so far we do not have anyone detained.”
“This is a complete shock to us that this person, an unknown person came to this building and has been murdered in our building. This is a shock to us.”
Unconfirmed reports are that Humes’ murder was triggered by a ‘transaction’ gone wrong. We are told that due to Humes’ affiliations, the Department has increased police presence in key areas of the city in anticipation of any retaliation. Hipolito Novelo, News Five.
Was Brandon Humes Murder Due to Drug Deal Gone Wrong?
Late this evening, the mother of Brandon Humes, Maria Hamilton, spoke to the media at their Belize City home. Hamilton shared what she knows so far about her son’s murder. According to Hamilton, she received the terrible news via phone.
Voice of: Maria Hamilton, Mother of Brandon Humes
“I got a call this morning when I was at work from a friend, telling me that my son was dead in San Pedro. I was like stunned. My friend told me that she has a picture and she can send it to you. I told her to send the picture because I know my son well. I hang up the phone. And I got another call, from his aunt. His aunt is a police officer. She asked me where I am and I told her I am at work. She said that Brandon is dead. There are still doing police investigations on the body. They have him at the San Pedro morgue. The police officer said that it is drug related it is…My son was no angel. I love him dearly. I can’t say if they set him up. I can’t say if they planned it whoever did it. I honestly can’t say. He never told me about any, he never came to me and said mom, my life is threatened by anybody. So I don’t know what went wrong but I know from the hearsay, everybody is saying, police is saying gang related and drugs dealing went wrong.”