Headline — 09 February 2016 — by Johnelle McKenzie
Owner of 69 Bar stabbed to death

TEAKETTLE, Cayo District, Mon. Feb. 8, 2016–Zhi Jiang Zhang, 52, the owner of 69 Bar, located on the George Price Highway in Teakettle, Cayo District, was killed in his business establishment on Saturday morning.

Inspector Octavio Victorin, Officer in Charge of Roaring Creek Police Station, in meeting with the media, said he did did not want to reveal too much information for fear of jeopardizing their investigation; however, he was able to share some of what transpired.

Victorin said that they were called out to 69 Bar at approximately 2:00 a.m. on Saturday; there, they observed the lifeless body of Zhi Jiang Zhang, with seven stab wounds to various parts of his body. Zhang’s throat had also reportedly been slashed.

Zhang was taken to the Western Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. His body was then transported to the hospital’s morgue, where it will undergo a post-mortem, Victorin said.

During the incident which caused Zhang’s death, a second person was injured – a female, who was shot in the leg. She was taken to the Western Regional Hospital and later transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for further treatment. Police did not want to provide further details on her relationship to Zhang or the establishment, but it’s been reported that she was a Guatemalan waitress who worked at the bar, and that she had gone to the aid of Zhang after his assailant started stabbing him when he (Zhang) resisted attempts to get him to pass over the contents of his cash drawer.

The investigation continues into the matter, and police are seeking one person who they believe entered the establishment and carried out the attack, Victorin said. He added that police believe that the motive for the attack was robbery, although he could not say, at this time, how much money was stolen.

Also, reports are that nine female workers at the establishment were detained for questioning.

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