Headline — 16 November 2016 — by Micah Goodin
Ruthless gunman murders child, 7

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Nov. 14, 2016–John Avilez, 26, lost his life on Angel Lane in 2014 after a gunman exited a vehicle and fired several shots towards him while he was socializing with friends and relatives.

His nephew, Leon Savery, 28, was also shot multiple times in that same incident and lost his life just days later.

On Friday, Savery’s only child, Tyler Savery, was gunned down not too far away from where he, Leon Savery, had been shot.

Tyler, just 7 years old, was with his cousin, Porshan Pipersburgh, 21, on Daly Street when they came under fire. Tyler and Porshan were on a bicycle around 4:30 p.m. on their way to buy a milkshake when occupants inside a white four-door car opened fire at them.

Savery fell to the ground after a bullet entered his chest and penetrated his back. Pipersburgh was also shot twice in the chest.

They were both transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH), where attempts to resuscitate Savery failed. He had already died at the scene.

Pipersburgh, the son of legendary footballer Norman “Tilliman” Pipersburgh, succumbed to his injuries on Saturday, a day before his 22nd birthday.

The family has suffered double tragedy after double tragedy – first John Avilez and his nephew in one blow, and now his grand-nephew and his grand-nephew’s cousin in another double-blow.

According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, Deziree Phillips, the car believed to have been used in this double murder has already been impounded.

Additionally, three persons have been detained by police and two more are being sought.

Shakera Young, Tyler’s mother, told the media today, Monday, “My son is seven years old and I could tell you my son was more of a man than that person that pulled that trigger, because I take my son to church and I teach him that loving each other is key. We are to love each other as God loves us.”

She then spoke of Pipersburgh as a loving and intelligent young man who made a few mistakes in his life.

According to Young, she will use the loss of her only child and common-law husband as a platform to lobby for peace. She urged parents to love their children and to teach them to love others.

Funeral arrangements for Pipersburgh have not been announced yet, but Young told us that she will be celebrating the life of her son at the BTL Park, his favorite place, on Wednesday at midday.

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