BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Mar. 2, 2017–Everald Augustine, 17, was shot dead on Aloe Vera Street sometime around 10 p.m. last night, Wednesday.
He had just left his home when nine gunshots rang out. His mother, Ruth Castillo, heard the shots but never imagined that those bullets had hit the 7th of her eight children.
Augustine’s mother recalled that he left on his bicycle wearing a red shirt and promised to return shortly, but he never did.
Augustine was shot six times – three times in the chest and three times in the back. He reportedly died on the scene.
His mother, Ruth Castillo, said that she doesn’t know why anybody would want him dead.
“I don’t know about any issue that he had with anybody,” she told our newspaper.
However, when Amandala spoke to his brothers, they told us that he may have been killed as a result of the ongoing urban warfare between the “Back of
Lands Crips,” situated behind the Charles Bartlett Hyde building and the “Peace in the Village” Bloods gang situated in the general area of Mahogany Street.
According to the victim’s brothers, their brother was not a troublesome person, but may have been targeted only because of the persons with whom he associated.
They told us that their deceased brother was a close friend of Jason Cortez, 21, who was killed on February 15 on Western Avenue.
According to police reports, Augustine was riding his bicycle on Aloe Vera Street with a friend who shot him, but investigators have not yet detained anyone in connection with that shooting.
Castillo recalled, “When I start to rail up he laugh at me. He is somebody always happy and always jolly. He always said, ‘Mom, you worry too much, you worry too much.’ So it is hard, because it is too sudden.”
Castillo is preparing to bury her son, but told our newspaper that there is a costly expense attached to funerals that she was not prepared for. She is asking those who are willing to assist, to call her at 630-6803.
Everald Augustine leaves behind his mother, 4 brothers and 3 sisters. A date has not yet been set for his funeral.