Highlights — 24 July 2019 — by Rowland A. Parks
A candlelight vigil in Battlefield Park for police shooting victim, Allyson Major, Jr.

Police are still waiting for a report from the National Forensic Sciences lab before the investigation file is sent to the DPP

BELIZE CITY, Mon. July 22, 2019– The family and friends of Allyson Major, Jr. who died tragically from police gunfire last Tuesday, gathered in Battlefield Park this evening along with sympathizers from the community for a candlelight vigil.

Yvonne Craig Major, the mother of Allyson Major, described his killing as an “execution.”

Major said that the support that their family has been receiving is overwhelming.

Major said that Allyson was her only child. “Because of the overwhelming support that we have been getting we decided to have a candlelight vigil because we are God-fearing people,” she said.

“My son didn’t deserve to be gunned down like that. I call it an execution because of the type of weapon that was used,” Major said, “But right now the Father has got me and I am ready for all the nice speaker that will come and deliver this evening.”

Major was asked if she feels reassured by the promise of the Police Department and the Ministry of National Security that they will conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into her son’s death.

“I am so happy that you asked that question,” Major replied. “Like I told my family members, the friends, the sympathizers, I don’t even care if they arrest somebody. I don’t even care if a charge come upon an individual. You know why, the Lord said in the Bible, ‘Vengeance is mine,’ saith the Lord. I am not looking for any judgment or any justification down here from man. The only government I support is Jehovah’s government,” she remarked.

Last Tuesday, a high-speed police chase ended in tragedy when one of the police officers opened fire, shooting Allyson Major in the head. Major was undergoing treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, but he passed away on Wednesday morning.

So far a police corporal is said to have been the officer who fired the fatal shot which ended Major’s life. There were, however, four police officers in the vehicle that was chasing Major’s vehicle. The chase ended on Albert Street at the foot of the Belize City Swing Bridge, when Major was shot through the rear glass of his pickup truck.

Today at a police press briefing, it was announced that police are waiting on a report from the National Forensic Sciences lab before they complete their investigation file to send to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who is expected to lay a charge on the shooter.

The community activist Giovanni Brackett said that he has been a friend of Allyson Major since childhood. “My mother has only one son and Allyson Major’s mother only had one son,” Brackett said.

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