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Farewell party turns to final farewell for 21 year old Print E-mail
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Thursday, 15 June 2017 00:00

Omar Barahona Jr., a 21 year-old resident of Cotton Tree Village in Cayo, was gunned down and killed in front of his home. That was where he was enjoying a going-away party because he was scheduled to travel to the US for a job. Belmopan police have since detained one man who is currently their main suspect.

All indications are that Barahona was an innocent victim who was murdered simply because he was socializing with his friend, who was the target. That unfortunate incident happened on Saturday night, at around 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 10. His family had organized a small gathering with food and drinks in his honor. Those close to the family say that he had gotten a job in Iowa, and he was supposed to leave in a few days to start his career.

So, that Saturday evening started out with festivities, but it ended with pain and grief. Reports to the press are that Barahona went near to the entrance of his family’s yard to speak to his friend, Devon Brooks, who stopped by at that moment. While they were socializing, a gunman approached, and police believe that there was a short exchange of words. Immediately after that, the assailant opened fire on the two men. Devon Brooks was injured in the leg, but Barahona suffered the worst injuries. The assailant shot him 7 times, including one to the head. Eyewitnesses say that the gunman shot Barahona 6 more times, even after he fell to the ground.

While that type of excess suggests that he was the intended target, police have reason to believe that Devon Brooks was the man who the assailant came after. Readers will remember him as one of the persons who was charged with robbery last year for the hold-up at the Belmopan Income Tax Department’s office. The armed gunmen got away with over $30,000 in cash. The speculation is that this man came after Brooks for the uneven sharing of the proceeds from a recent robbery. The Belmopan Police Commander, Senior Superintendent Howell Gillett, commented, “It is our opinion that he (Omar Barahona Jr.) wasn’t the intended target; and I would leave it just as that.”

Barahona was described as a jovial, fun-loving individual, who kept out of trouble. His family says in the days leading up to his untimely death, that he was very excited about the path his life was heading toward. Never did they expect that just days before one of his biggest opportunities so far, his life would be cruelly ended.

Still, his father, Omar Barahona Sr., told the press that he holds no malice against the man who shot him dead. He said that if the police should ever catch the killer, he is prepared to forgive that person, even though he has caused great pain.

Meanwhile, the man who police detained will be placed in an identification parade line-up. The investigators will be interested to see whether or not this person is pointed out as the shooter from Saturday night.

Last Updated on Thursday, 15 June 2017 15:50