GALES POINT MANATEE, Belize District, Mon. Oct. 28, 2019– Inmar Kareem Welch, 28, also known as ‘Turtle”, a fisherman of Gales Point, was riding his bicycle in the village at about 7:00 Friday night when an unknown gunman came towards him and fired multiple times at him. The shooter then escaped.
Welch was hit in the chest and in the head.
Police said that they saw Welch lying on the roadside in pools of his blood, and about 6 expended 9mm cases were found near him. Welch, they said, was already dead.
So far, the motive for the murder is not known.
This is not the first time that Welch was shot. On March 18, 2017, Welch and his brother, Aspinal, were socializing at a house on Jones Street in Port Loyola at about 6:30 that evening when an SUV drove up and a person lowered the window from within the vehicle and fired at the two brothers.
The vehicle then drove away.
Inmar Welch was struck in the right leg, while his brother was struck in the lower back when he tried to escape. Inmar’s brother, Aspinal, is now paralyzed as a result of that shooting.
Inmar Welch was also known to police. He was charged, along with others, with robbery, handling stolen goods, keeping a prohibited firearm and keeping ammunition without a gun license for the robbery of Paula’s Store on Cemetery Road on August 23, 2012. The case reportedly fell apart.
Welch leaves behind three children and his common-law wife. He is also survived by his mother and four brothers.