A sixteen-year-old boy is in the custody of Dangriga Police following the murder of Robert Michael Coote last night. Coote was on his bicycle on Saint Vincent Street when the gunman ran up to him and began firing. The Dangriga fisherman was hit several times and was rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital where he succumbed. Tonight investigators say they have the murderer in detention and they have the video to prove it. Hipolito Novelo reports.
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: A murderer caught in action. This is the moment that the shooter ran towards 31-year-old Robert Michael Coote and released a barrage of bullets. The Dangriga fisherman fell to the ground as the shooter fled the scene. Coote was rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital where he succumbed. Coote was in front of a gaming establishment on Saint Vincent Street when the shooter struck. That shooter is believe to be this sixteen year old boy- caught in a black hoodie and blue ¾ pants. Police say he was detained with the murder weapon. Coote’s family tonight telling Love News that they have no idea why anyone would want him dead.
Fredrick Coote, Brother of Deceased: “That man is not a trouble man. All he knows is peace. He is a fisherman and he’s an artist too. He is not a trouble man. Like when problems come he wants to solve it and make everything be done he is not a problem I don’t know why. He is not a trouble person he is for the people, he entertains people. Why did they do it because my brother didn’t do anybody anything.”
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Coote was a local artist known as Kulu or Kunku Man with some of this songs posted on Youtube. His brother Fredrick says he spoke to him about an hour earlier before he was gunned down.
Fredrick Coote, Brother of Deceased: “My little brother was out there and two of them were drinking so the man told me to come back and my next little brother so I told him I would make his girl come for him so I sent his girl for him and he enjoyed talking to my little brother so my big brother told him come back for me in the next half hour or forty five minutes but before that forty five minutes we heard they shot the man.”
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: Fredrick says that contrary to reports, his brother was no gang member. He was a fisherman and this week last year, on June 12 2021 to be precise, Coote spoke to Southern Belize Media about a workshop he had attended.
Robert Michael Coote, Deceased: “It’s nice to bring out the fishermen for us to learn what is going on in the community that is the first thing that I like and all the youths are learning and seeing what is going on with the economy with the fishing business. That’s one thing I like about it but the only thing I don’t like about the date that they changed with the fishing business, I don’t like it because it will close the conch season the 18th of June and July 1 lobster season will open. Normally the 1st of July conch season closes and it will close the 18th of June why ? What part of the game is that ? What would you call that ? Isn’t that foul play ?
Hipolito Novelo, Love FM News: And last night Coote died by one the most treacherous of foul play acts- murder. Reporting for Love News, I am Hipolito Novelo.