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Teen Father Gunned Down in Rural Belize

A teenage father of one was killed on Thursday night in La Democracia Village, Belize District. The body of 19-year-old Tyreak Dwight August was found after 10 pm in his home in the village. Investigators say that August’s body was found lying face-up, near the front door and in a pool of blood. Reporter Vejea Alvarez teamed up with Cayo Correspondent Fem Cruz and has the following story.

Before the murder, there was an aggravated assault in the same village. At around 9:50 pm, shots were heard coming from 1st Street in La Democracia Village. When police arrived on the scene, they spoke to 18-year-old Michael Brandon who told police that while he was sitting in his black vehicle, a man whom he recognized stood six feet from him while pointing a firearm in his direction. According to Brandon, the gunman was upset because someone had reportedly burnt his relative’s house. Brandon made a run for it and minutes later he heard gunshots and the gunman fled the scene. Both incidents reportedly are connected to a fire that destroyed the house of 21-year-old Britney Estrada. At around 8:45 pm, authorities visited an area in La Democracia Village and observed a wooden house completely engulfed in fire. The value of the house was not yet ascertained and wasn’t insured.