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Security Guard Murdered Near Police Station

Security Guard Murdered Near Police Station
August 22
12:35 2019

On Monday, August 19, Kevin Hyde, 47, a security guard of Hattieville in the Belize District was murdered as he sat waiting for a bus at a shed in close proximity to the local police station in the community, sparking outrage from family members about the response of the officers on duty.

According to Police reports, Hyde was ambushed by two men and was shot as many as seven times around 4:00 p.m. on Monday. He died on the spot. His family, however, believes that Hyde’s murder was a case of mistaken identity as he has no history of violence or conflict.

According to his mother, Marie Shepherd, Hyde had just left home on his way for his shift at City Hall, where he was employed, and was in his uniform. Chillingly, she told the media that her last words to him before he left to meet his untimely death was: “You know the month that you were born in, you know the year and the day but you never know when you will go.”

Witnesses in the area reported seeing two men, one of whom was armed, sneak up on Hyde, firing multiple shots at him before fleeing into the nearby bush. Shepherd is shocked at her son’s murder, recounting his joyous personality. The family believed Hyde had to have been mistaken for someone else and maintain that he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Shepherd also condemned the Police Officers on duty at the station that evening for what she perceives as an inadequate response. Reports say the suspects were on foot and fled running after the murder. Behind the shed is a large football field, and across the street there’s a business establishment and a site under construction so the suspects would most likely have had to run a distance before meeting bush to escape. “They don’t do their job when they’re supposed to be circling around the village,” Shepherd complained.

Police have made no arrests for Hyde’s murder but say they have detained a person of interest. Hyde leaves behind one son. He had been working for the City Council for the last three years.

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