On Saturday fifteen-year-old Dwayne Gabourel was laid to rest. Funeral services were held at his home in Belize City where his family and friends gather to mourn his untimely passing. Gabourel was shot and killed on Saturday, September 25 while he was at a grocery store on North Front Street. Investigators believe that 25-year-old Dane Gillett was the gunman. He has been charged with murder. He has yet to be arraigned because he has contracted COVID and is currently a resident of the Belize Central Prison. Meanwhile, Gabourel’s aunt Jessica Laura delivered the eulogy at the funeral.
Jessica Lara, Aunt of Dwayne Gabourel: “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the most high will rest in the shadow of the almighty. Dwayne Darwin Gabourel, tenderly known as Po and recently our gentle giant. Dwayne was born on July 11th 2016 to his mother Rhondine Daisy Almendarez. Needless to say he was a very bright child and proved to be a warrior from the very start as he was born at seven months old. It was surely wonderful to see a small boy bloom into a young man who stood at over six feet tall at the age of 15. Dwayne spent the early years of his life with his parents and grandmother at their home in Fabers Road and later moved to Pickstock Street with his mom, dad and sisters. If nothing else I’m sure Po would have wanted me to tell everyone how hard he worked in school and how dedicated he was to accomplishing his goal of graduating and venturing off to college at UCLA. His most gratifying moments were when he graduated from Holy Redeemer Primary School and when he was accepted to enroll in school at St.John’s College. He also shared a love for basketball and would train everyday in his yard as he wanted to be the best at what he does. Every time I visited the family he was seated at the dining area doing work, even up to Independence Day I left work to have lunch at their home, I say next to him. I’m now very glad I got to sit next to him one last time while he work tirelessly on his assignments. Dwayne was an amazing brother to his little sisters.”