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Police Minister speaks about Violence in Orange Walk

The sporting event at the Louisiana Government School Football stadium yesterday was called the Aragon’s Mundialito 2018. The main patron of the event was Orange Walk East Area Representative Elodio Aragon Jr. who is also the Minister of Police. He has everything at his disposal to seek justice for that community. Minister Aragon held an impromptu press conference with the media late this evening at the Raccoon Street Police Station in Belize City where he discussed what happened yesterday.

Orange Walk East Area Representative Elodio Aragon Jr.: “As soon as the game was over and we were getting ready to do the closing ceremonies gunshots rang out on the street right adjacent in front of the football field and you know the first time I heard those shots well I realize they were gunshots you know. I thought that somebody might have just fired shots and had left the area. I did not realize that it was actually somebody being shot or persons being shot. It was not until a little while later you begin to see the commotion at the fence of the football field and that is where I proceed to go there and of course when I got out and I saw they were carrying the bodies; getting them into the vehicle to send to the hospital. It was such an unfortunate incident. I would say that it is gruesome in a way because we are having this major event in terms of where all our parents, all the kids are playing because this Mundialito is for the kids and you know having this being the end result of this. It wasn’t nice and I think that the whole community and the people that were out there were shook up in regards to this incident. Two persons were shot and killed yesterday there and one of my greatest concern was what if one of these bullets could have strayed and hit somebody in the field or something like that so it was of great concern to me and I know that when you looked at the scene, it was obviously a hit. Somebody went out there to make that hit and it is so sad. You know my condolences and sympathies goes out to the family of Calderon and of course to the Treminios you know. These are some things that hit our community and it reaches so close to home you know. I have lived all my life here in Belize City in terms of policing and things that; I know what happens here and definitely the Police Department I just had meeting this morning. I just had a meeting in Belmopan and one of the things is to look at what we will do in regards to these incidents. Especially this incident that has occurred in Orange Walk you know because there is more to it than just one incident.”

Ava Diaz: Speaking of that because apparently this has been something that has been going on for quite some time. Apparently the players are well known so why is that it has reached to this point where it seems that the Police; they are just allowing it to play out?

Orange Walk East Area Representative Elodio Aragon Jr.:I wouldn’t say that the Police is allowing it to play out. You must understand that in all are communities there are people who are involved  in criminal activities whether it be drugs, whether it be gangs, whether it be crime. In all our communities we have these people and the law has to do what it has to do but sometimes it’s easier said than done because it’s not only about the Policing aspect of this. It’s about the prosecution of these people so there is a lot of things that makes it not so easy but I will tell you this. I believe  that in this country we must target these people who are involved in these criminal activities and at the end of the day it is so sad but it is a lesson that we must all learn as a community. If you live by the gun, you will die by the gun.”

Aragon said we need to do more positive things to keep youths away from crime and violence. He added that the Police department will review their operations and will adjust accordingly.