There was a murder this weekend that shocked the residents of the south side, Belize City, as the victim was a well-known and well-liked businessman. Zheng Liu of the Boulevard Plaza on the Central American Boulevard was shot to death on Saturday night. Reporter Courtney Menzies followed this story and brought back the following report.
28 year old Zheng Liu was described by many people as kind, friendly and helpful therefore many people are left confused as to why someone would callously take away his life. Liu was seemingly lured to his death on Saturday night sometime around eight after he received a phone call from an associate of his. This person asked Liu for vehicle assistance after claiming that the car he was driving broke down near mile 4 1/2 on the George Price Highway. Liu immediately left his business place, 88 Boulevard Plaza located on Central American Boulevard in Belize City, and about an hour and a half later his body was found with gunshot injuries on the side of the road next to a broken down Chevy Malibu. The assailants allegedly fled the scene in Liu’s own vehicle. Despite this knowledge however Assistant Commissioner of Police Joseph Myette stated that the police do not believe that Liu was set up or that the men involved orchestrated his death.
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of Crimes Investigation Branch: “What the police know so far is that Mr.Liu was at his business place on Central American Boulevard when he was called to assist a friend who apparently had broken down on the George Price Highway and in the process he then picked up another male person who took him or who rode along with him to the area where they were met by two other persons and during that process Mr.Liu was apparently shot. Police investigation so far has led to the detention of three male persons whom we believe played a role in this investigation and so far statements were recorded from them whilst the investigation is still ongoing. Those statements were submitted to the Director of Public Prosecution for her perusal and further directive. “
Reporter: So is it a situation that Mr.Zheng was killed in a random act of violence ?
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of Crimes Investigation Branch: “Could have been because obviously as I had mentioned before there was some conversation between him and those persons.”
Reporter: But would you consider it to be random one or more of these persons are his friends ?
ACP Joseph Myvette, Head of Crimes Investigation Branch: “I don’t think so, the investigation is not necessarily showing that.”
Quick and efficient police response led to officers reportedly intercepting a vehicle in the Gungulung area where the suspects were caught. One of the suspects had blood on his shirt and blood was also found in the vehicle. According to ACP Myvette the police have no knowledge of Liu having any issues with these men prior to his death, in fact one of Liu’s relatives told us off camera that Liu had no issues with anyone so the family has no idea why he was targeted. The Chairman of the Belize Chinese Association Johnson Ou, told us that the Chinese community is still reeling from this latest murder.
Johnson Ou, Chairman, Belize Chinese Association: “Our community deeply regrets what happened and it’s not just for us, it can happen to anybody and I just hope that this is the last time and first of all we are thankful for the police that made a quick response toward this incident and we have prepared two certificates to show our appreciation to the police department. My information is very limited, for this moment the information about this case is a lot and we haven’t finalized everything and to confirm all the information if it’s true and so it’s not appropriate to say anything or judge anything and so we need to wait for the police to give further information and details.”
Reporter: But it is believed that he was killed by someone he knew right ?
Johnson Ou, Chairman, Belize Chinese Association: “Apparently yes he knew those guys. What we get from the Facebook as the news got out- and that news gets over a thousand comments and all comments are positive that could show that he is such a nice person in the neighborhood and the community so many people will miss him. We are very puzzled and we don’t know why this happened because he is such a nice guy and I don’t think he has any personal issue with anybody and like I said the community loves him so much and they like the way he carries himself it was just like , wow he was such a perfect guy.”
Liu was four years old when he migrated from China to Belize. He lived in Orange Walk up until eight years ago when he moved to Belize City. He had a girlfriend and a child on the way.
Love News will keep following this story.