gonzalezThe senseless death of 19 year old Shamir Gonzales has left his family, friends and residents of the Louisiana Area in shock. Gonzalez who was studying to be an electrician at ITVET Orange Walk was hit with a pipe on the back of the head by 17 year old Abimael Pott yesterday during an altercation with a group of boys. The blow turned out to be deadly and in the matter of seconds Gonzalez
s life came to an end. Yesterday as we exclusively aired the story on Shamirs death there were more questions than answers. Today we have some answers to those questions as Shamirs younger brother 16 year old Yassir Gonzalez with his parents consent told us what happened yesterday.

Carmelita Perez- Reporting

In this picture 19 year old Shamir Gonzalez is smiling at life. He was studying to be an electrician at ITVET Orange Walk but his dreams were cut short yesterday when he was hit on the back of the head with what police describe as a three feet long galvanized pipe.

Today as we visited the Louisiana Government School everything seemed to be normal. But that was far from the truth because just 24 hours earlier Shamir had been bludgeoned to death right at this very same spot.

There are many versions to what happened yesterday and what actually led to Shamir’s death. But today as his family prepares for his burial, his younger, brother 16 year old Yassir Gonzalez who was with Shamir at the time of his death, re-lived those dreadful moments when he last saw his elder brother alive.

Yassir, a student of Muffles College, told CTV3 News that since he had been released early from school he decided to go pickup his five year old nephew at Louisiana Government School. At that time he had no idea that an exchange of words between him and a group of boys would lead to his brother’s death.

Yassir Gonzalez- Brother of murdered victim

“Some boys started cursing me and I stopped and they told me that I am alone on a bicycle so I walked upstairs and asked them who they were talking to and they told me they were going to beat me because I sent to threaten them because I was talking to a girl. I went home and told my brother Shamir what happened. So I went back because I wanted to talk to this girl and Shamir he went to look for my little brother who I left at school because he was doing duties and I told him go for him because I was afraid that the boys would beat him up because he was there alone. When we went back to the school we saw the group of boys and they went to call another group of boys who started to curse us but they just walked pass us but we did not know that they were going to wait for us at the back gate. So we saw they left so we said it made no point to wait for my little brother because we taught he was going through the front gate. So we taught everything was safe so we went through the back gate.”

But everything was not safe. According to Yassir the group of boys was waiting for them at the school’s back gate where all hell broke loose and in a matter of seconds Shamir became just another number in the already long list of murdered victims.

Yassir Gonzalez- Brother of murdered victim

“We see the group of boys were right over there so I got off my bike because I knew they were going to do something so when I got down one of the boys hit me with a stick and I lifted up my hands so it didn’t hit my face and then I started to fight with one of the guys. His friend then jumped in and then my brother jumped in also and then the other boy his brother was there and then he jumped in with a pipe and hit my brother on the head with the pipe.”

update_gonzalezCarmelita Perez- Reporter

“This is Abimael he is the one who hit your brother with the pipe?”

Yassir Gonzalez- Brother of murdered victim

“Yes.”

Carmelita Perez- Reporter

“What happened then?”

Yassir Gonzalez- Brother of murdered victim

“At that time Abimael’s elder brother he came and separated the fight and after he lifted my brother my brother just collapsed to the ground. No teacher helped, when we tried to help my brother no teacher wanted to help none of them. I asked for them to lend me a car and they just stood watching. Only one teacher assisted by calling my father and calling the ambulance.”

It seems that the problem all started when Shamir and Yassir’s 11 year old brother, a standard five student of Louisiana School, became Involved in an argument with a 14 year old standard six student also from Louisiana School. Reports are that the argument between both minors was over a girl.

Carmelita Perez- Reporter

“Have you all had problems with the group of young men who attacked you?”

Yassir Gonzalez- Brother of murdered victim

“No it was the first time that I saw them and they started cursing me.”

Carmelita Perez- Reporter

“And the ones who insulted you at the beginning of everything have you had problems with them before?”

Yassir Gonzalez- Brother of murdered victim

“The first they cursed my little brother and told him that if he continued talking to the girl they would beat him up. He told me and I told him if they do it tell me and I will go after them. They heard that so I stopped going to the school for a while and then when I went that is when they cursed me and the thing started.”

Yanely Gonzalez- Sister of murdered victim

“When I went to look for my son I didn’t know that Yassir was going to come out early from college and as I reached by the gate he was coming out and when he came out, he said that six boys attacked him and only this teacher Mr. Jose was present and he took and he stopped the fight.”

Carmelita Perez-Reporter

“Are these six boys from school?”

Yanely Gonzalez- Sister of murdered victim

“Only some not all, and then what he was trying to do he said because they were harassing my little brother over some girl at school. I think the teachers have the fault in this because Mr. Jose should have called the police and put a stop to it before it got out of hand. When they threatened that they would hurt my little brother Yassir said that he will wait and it told him no lets go home and when we came home he told Shamir.”

“I want justice because this cannot keep on happening and we cannot keep on living like this. The only thing I want is for all this injustice to stop because or else our world will come to nothing.”

By the time Yanely received the news that her brother had been hurt and arrived at the school, Shamir had already been taken to the NRH where he died minutes later.

Yasir Gonzalez- Brother of murdered victim

“I went as quickly as possible to the school and as soon as I reach at school the only thing I did was to find the principal and when I found the principal, the first thing I ask her is what is the problem ,where is my brother ? And then she just told me that they just took him to the hospital and that it was the wrong one that this incident should have happen because he was a quite person and a calm person and that it should have been the other one, because she is trying to put all the blame on my little brother on Yassir and she should realize that those sprang heads out there, those are the ones that are the problem because that they should not even have enter the compound and where is the security guard that they are paying and so much that they are talking about and what if one of this days something happens to any one of the children right there. Right now there are young girls at the school they always are drinking taking drugs everything right in front of the school. What will they wait for? Will they wait for something bigger to happen?”

Carmelita Perez- Reporter

“So some of these individual that were involve in the fight with your two brothers, they were actually inside the compound of the school and they are not students?”

update_gonzalez-2Yasir Gonzalez- Brother of murdered victim

“They were right across the school but as the problem started this same one run across, run across the place he went to hail those people and that is when one of them run with the pipe and that is when they knock my bigger brother.”

Today as the family of the 19 year old wait for his body to be returned to them they are asking for justice.

Yasir Gonzalez- Brother of murdered victim

“I want him to be sent to jail or something because we won’t leave the matter like this. I won’t go do anything to him because it won’t solve anything but I want him to pay for what he did to my brother.”

Yanely Gonzalez- Sister of murdered victim

“I want justice because this cannot keep on happening and we cannot keep on living like this. The only thing I want is for all this injustice to stop because or else our world will come to nothing.”

Yasir Gonzalez- Brother of murdered victim

“They have a lot of things that remind me of my brother because he taught me a lot.”

 

Nineteen year old Shamir Gonzalez leaves behind his parents Artemio and Maria Gonzalez, two sisters Yanely and Yoshida, two brothers Yassir and Zair, one niece and nephew and several other relatives and friends.

This afternoon when we contacted the school for comment, Principal Deborah Palacio told CTV3 News that she had been advised by the police department not to speak to the media. When we contacted the Orange Walk District Education Manager Karla Alvarez she told us that while she has been at the school gathering information as to exactly what happened and regrets the lost of human life and the fact that student of the school are involved in the incident, no comment will be made since the matter is being investigated by police.

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#1 ang 2011-05-07 18:40
Identify all the minors involved, contact the parents and send them to boot camp with hard labor. Make them pay and also have them work together in community service programs out of this a gang can develop if not nipped in the bud....police need to be hard soft on these youths who I think wanted to imitate what them bad man do...if all the families and teachrs and police get a network of neighbor hood watch going and involve the youths to report these so as to agree to a honor pact not to ever carry it beyond blood shed then we may be able to move on.
 

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