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Cayo Man Fatally Shot on Holy Saturday

Police investigations continue into the murder of forty-one-year-old Clifford Hyde. At around four o’clock on Holy Saturday evening, Hyde was at Russell Hyde’s home when the gunman came in a black four-door car. The assailant came out of the vehicle and fired a number of shots, which found their marks to Clifford’s abdomen, the upper shoulder, the left temple, and the upper back. Russell’s daughter, eighteen-year-old Anya Galvez was also shot to the left side of the head. Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myvett told the media that several persons have been detained including the main suspect.

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “Upon the police’s arrival at the scene they were informed that Hyde along with about seven other persons were socializing at the residence and he later decided to leave along with four other persons and in so doing as he was walking towards his vehicle to board the vehicle that was when he was approached by a lone gunman who fired several shots in his direction causing the fatal injuries. Police have a number of persons detained in relation to this investigation so far and it is expected that chargers will be preferred against one of those persons later today.” 

Reporter: Is that suspect a family member? 

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “At this point in time I do not believe so I would have to confirm that.”

Reporter: Sir are you able to say if there was a dispute earlier ? 

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “Not to my knowledge however during the course of the investigation it is being said, which we were not able to confirm, that the deceased along with another person had an argument prior to the incident.”

Reporter: Can you say if that person was at the gathering ? 

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “Yes he was.”

Reporter: No weapons recovered ? Any weapons recovered ?

ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of National Crimes Investigation Branch: “No, no weapons were recovered; only a number of expended shells were found at the scene.”

Galvez was taken to the Western Regional Hospital and then to the KHMH in Belize City, where her condition is still considered serious.