Headline — 04 December 2012 — by Albert J. Ciego
St. Matthews resident executed in village bar

A man who survived a shotgun blast to his legs in April did not survive the second attempt on his life.

Roy Lee Young 32, a construction worker and resident of St. Matthews Village, was shot in his head by a man who sneaked up on him while he was sitting under a shed at a bar in the village.

Young was rushed to the Belmopan Hospital, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The incident occurred around 9:30 p.m. at the El Madrigal Bar in St. Matthews Village, Mile 38 on the George Price Highway. Witnesses said that Young was sitting under the shed when his killer sneaked up behind him through a patch of red bell flowers and shot him in the back of the head, execution style, and disappeared into the surrounding area.

The other customers who were in the shed ran away when the gunman approached and shot Young.

Witnesses told police that the killer did not come from the road, because he would have been seen. A neighbor who heard the gunshot went to the shed and saw Young, still in the sitting position, his head on the table.

When the neighbor moved closer, he saw blood gushing from the gunshot wound.

The reason for Young’s execution-style murder is not yet known, but this is the second time this year that Young has been shot. He was first shot on April 6, 2012. His cousin, Royston Henry, told police that on that day he and Young were walking home from a bar in the village when someone who was lay-waiting them opened fire at them with a shotgun.

Henry said that the shooter fired twice at them, shooting Young in both his legs and in his foot. He was hit by approximately 19 shotgun pellets.

Henry was also shot. He was taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries. Henry told reporters at the time that they had had a misunderstanding with a person, and someone had ambushed them to send them a message, but not to kill them.

Young is presently at the Belmopan Hospital Morgue, where a post-mortem will be conducted on him to certify the cause of his death.

No one has been arrested so far, and police continue their investigations.

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