BELIZE CITY, Fri. Mar. 20, 2020– An ongoing investigation into the murder of Keith Courtenay, a 46-year-old City Council worker of Ebony Street, has led to two minors, 15, who have been jointly charged with murder.
The father of 7 children and grandfather of 4, described as a hardworking family man and churchgoer who was not known to be involved in gangs, was shot eight times in the back while protecting his grandson when the shooting began, at about 5:15 Wednesday evening, March 4, in front of his mother’s house at the Ebony Street Long Barracks.
Courtenay was rushed to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
Today, Superintendent Alejandro Cowo of the Police Department said that the two minors will be taken to the Family Court. Cowo said that the motive for the shooting has not yet been established.
The gunman ran into the yard from Ebony Street and fired several times at Courtenay, after which he ran out of the yard.
Lorraine Courtenay, Keith’s mother, said that he was a quiet person who did not socialize much. She said he went from home to his workplace and from his workplace to home, and he and his family went to church frequently.
Feature photo: Keith Courtenay