Headline — 09 May 2018 — by Albert J. Ciego
Mechanic and cab driver murdered over the weekend

One was shot 5 times, the other was shot 3 times; cops don’t know the motives

BELIZE CITY, Mon. May 7, 2018– Daniel Guadardo, 43, a mechanic of Belmopan, and Sbeiro Habib Hajjara, 36, a taxi driver of Belize City, both died over the weekend as a result of the city’s ongoing gun violence.

The first senseless murder occurred at about 9:30 Saturday night on Partridge Street Extension at a curve not far from St. Martin Swift Hall.

During the weekly press briefing held this afternoon at the Queen Street Police Station, ASP Alejandro Cowo, Commander of Crimes Investigation, told us that Daniel Guadardo was pushing his motorcycle on the street from Vernon Street into Partridge Street Extension, when an unknown gunman rode up on a bicycle from around the curve on the street and met Guadardo at the junction of Partridge Street Extension and the narrow road that leads from Vernon Street.

The gunman fired about five times at Guadardo, hitting him in the head, chest and abdomen, killing him almost instantly.

After murdering Guadardo, the gunman fired at least four shots at some men who were socializing in a yard, who, at the sounds of the murderous gunshots, scrambled for cover. The killer then rode away on his bicycle.

During the police press briefing held this afternoon at the Queen Street Police Station, ASP Alejandro Cowo said that there is no known motive for Guadardo’s murder. He was a working man who was not known to police, and police believe that it may have been a random shooting.

DCP Chester Williams said that it is worrying, because random shootings are more difficult to solve than gang-related murders.

So far, there are no suspects and no one has been detained as yet.

The second murder occurred in Belize City, at about 4:00 yesterday morning at the corner of Mahogany Street and Western Avenue. Information is that shots rang out in the area and when it cleared, police, who were on patrol, saw a taxi car that was parked on the side of the road, facing the Charles Bartlett Hyde Complex Building, and in the driver’s seat was cab driver Sbeiro Habib Hajjara, a Honduran national.

He had been shot three times — once in the forehead, once in the chest and once in the head, and had died as a result of those wounds.

Information to us is that Hajjara got a job to take a woman to Mahogany Street Extension. Police do not know what happened after that.

During the weekly police press briefing held this afternoon at the Queen Street Police Station, ASP Alejandro Cowo said that bullet holes were seen on the car, which suggested that he was killed in his vehicle, and that robbery could have been the motive.

Police said that they are looking for a Belize City resident in connection with the murder.

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