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Suspect in election night killing of teen released

SAN IGNACIO, Mon. Nov. 16, 2020– Gregory Lewis, 16, of San Ignacio, was shot and killed on the Bullet Tree Road on the night of November 11, which is the day on which general elections were held.

Before his death, Lewis was able to identify his attacker by name, and since then police have interviewed the alleged killer, but released him from custody due to a lack of evidence.

Jaime Pinelo, 56, a Special Constable, reported to police that on November 11 at around 8:00 p.m., while he was travelling from Bullet Tree to San Ignacio, he came across an injured Lewis on the road about 200 yards from the intersection that leads to the San Ignacio Community Hospital. Lewis, he said, was suffering from multiple gunshot injuries.

According to ACP Joseph Myvett, Officer in charge of the National Crime Investigation Branch, investigators have still not determined the motive behind this homicide.

“Police have detained several persons and we are following several leads in relation to that investigation. He [Gregory Lewis] did provide some information whilst he was still conscious before undergoing treatment, where he later passed away. Those are some of the issues the police are working on at this point in time.  We do not have any established motive,” Myvett said.

Lewis’ attacker was interviewed by investigators but was released from custody due to lack of evidence. “We did make some progress. He [Lewis’ attacker] was brought into custody and he was interviewed, but certain other work needs to be done. So, he was released pending those further works that need to be done”, indicated ACP Myvett.

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