kareemThe journalistic community is still reeling in from the unprecedented murder of Kareem Clarke who was gunned down on the morning of Monday July 6th. Clarke’s assassination shocked many and continues to capture the attention of many across the country. Today the National Youth Engagement & Empowerment Initiative issued its sentiments on the senseless killing of the young and promising journalist. In its release the organization said and we quote, “as a “new” Youth – Initiative, is calling on the Government of Belize, and Law – Enforcement Agencies, to embark on a National Crime Prevention Concept, to curb this Violent Crime Wave that is sweeping across the entire country of Belize; especially on South – Side Belize City. We as an Organization, stand “ready” to work along-side any existing organizations, whose sole purpose is to “work” toward tangible results, to endeavour to Inspire our Youth, and reduce Violent – Crimes, especially on South – Side Belize City,” unquote.  Twenty-seven year old Kareem Clarke was gunned down around 1:00am on Monday morning as he rode his bicycle on Vernon Street heading towards the Vernon Street Bridge. Clarke sustained gunshot wounds to the left side of the forehead, back of the head, abdomen, right upper back and middle of the back. Police recovered eight 9mm expended shells from the scene. So far no one has been detained for Clarke’s murder and the motive behind his killing is still unknown.

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