The second businessman to be murdered was leaving a party when the shooter ambushed him in Belize City. Reporter Alisha Valentine has the story.
A 44-year-old businessman was out in the city socializing with friends on Friday night, little did he know that a few hours later he would meet his demise. Ernesto Williams, owner of Skydeck Bar on Baymen Avenue was shot multiple times just after nine o’clock. He was partying with friends on Cemetery Road near Pregnant Alley and had just stepped out to go to his vehicle when the gunman went into action. According to investigators they are looking for several angles including three murders that occurred in Williams’ business places.
In July 2019 the Felix brothers were murdered at the Skydeck Bar, a few days Jose Diaz was murdered in Williams’ building on Cemetery Road and now Williams is dead. According to Senior Superintendent Hilberto Romero they’re hoping that they get some leads from surveillance footage.
Reporter: Might the persons who invited him to socialize, do they have any useful information in terms of might he have been ambushed there, might he have been – someone knew he was there and knew to kill him when he left ?
Senior Superintendent Hilberto Romero, Belize Police Department: “Again that will be determined by the investigation. Yes we know that he was there associating with persons prior to leaving and being attacked.”
Reporter: Anything from surveillance to determine an identity of a suspect?
Senior Superintendent Hilberto Romero, Belize Police Department: “Well video footage is being reviewed at this time. As the day goes along we will know if we have anything.”
Aside from having investments in the nightlife business Williams was also the owner of Ross Dress to Impress and Food Kings both located on Cemetery Road. With almost twenty employees on his payroll Williams’ murder was unexpected and tragic as expressed by two of his workers who chose to speak off camera.
Employee: “He was always an honest person and if you ever needed something he was always there for you and maybe he would tell you about yourself but he was always there for you like in every way. When you needed something you could have always counted on him and he was I would say a really real person. Last time I saw him was in the evening before he went to the party where he was at, we were joking around and he was like oh this and oh that and I was replying to him and we were laughing and such and he was like okay ‘I’ll leave now.’ and I saw him went but the last time I saw him was him smiling and laughing.”
Employee: “I have known him from since he came back from states because he was living in the states and from the day he came back here I got to know him and he was as very good person. Yes he had his attitude at everybody nobody is perfect but apart from that he was a great great person, a really great boss.”
Williams leaves behind his wife and two daughters ages 8, and 19.