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Friday, 07 September 2018 00:00

Daniel Lopez, a 25 year-old Chon Saan delivery man, was shot and killed while on the job on Friday, August 31st, 2018. He was gunned down only 3 and a half hours after Francis Pollard was killed by gun violence. Lopez’s life was taken from him in a senseless spike in crime and violence in the City. He was targeted simply because he went to make a food delivery on George Street, where gang members were mourning the murder of one of their own.

Police say that at around 11:33 p.m., they rushed over to the corner of Basra and George Street, to respond to reports of another shooting that same Friday. When they arrived, they found Lopez suffering from multiple gunshot wounds to the body. Investigations have revealed so far that about 3 minutes earlier, Lopez was making a food delivery run to a customer in that area, when a gunman opened fire on him for no apparent reason. He was hit by several of the bullets, and he died on the spot. Police say that absolutely nothing was stolen from him: his cellular phone, and his company’s money were all found on the scene. This has strengthened their suspicion that Lopez was killed as a random and senseless act of violence.

Assistant Police Superintendent Alejandro Cowo, the head of the Criminal Investigations Branch in Belize City, told the press, “It’s just a murder of opportunity. Nothing was stolen from the guy.”

Police have since arrested and charged 30 year-old Shane McFoy, a resident of George Street who is known to them, with Lopez’s murder. He has already been arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Frazer, who remanded him to the Belize Central Prison until October 30th.

Elizabeth Gomez, Lopez’s sister-in-law, told the press that she initially disbelieved the reports that she got that he was murdered. That’s because Lopez was a family man who stayed out of trouble.

Gomez said, “He never had any trouble - from home to work and anytime he goes out… [it] would be his wife and him. So it was shocking. I couldn’t believe it. I thought it was a joke.”

Senate President Lee Mark Chang, the owner of Chon Saan Restaurant, and Lopez’s boss, made a post on Facebook saying, “It is with a sad heavy heart that Chon Saan Palace mourns the senseless killing of one of our delivery staff members, Daniel Lopez. Over the years I have seen him grow and matured to be a man and take care of his family. You will be missed by all of us.” Chang also noted to the media that his business is revisiting its delivery policy with security as a priority. He said that deliveries will not be made in certain neighborhoods unless it is on a main street.

Last Updated on Friday, 07 September 2018 13:25