By Ingrid Fernandez
Two teenage boys were shot and killed in broad day late Monday afternoon, leaving Orange Walk town shaken and police with little information.
Nineteen-year-old Erlindo Matura Jr. and 17-year-old Rene Antonio Acevedo were standing in front of Matura’s house along with another minor on Monday around 4:30 p.m. when they were approached by a man on a bicycle who asked them who sold marijuana in the area.
According to Orange Walk police, the individual rode off a short distance away, took out a hand gun and fired at the boys. One bullet caught Acevedo to the back of the head. He then pointed the gun at Matura and fired a single shot which caught him to the left upper part of his back and exited the left side of his chest.
The third minor ran away from the scene and managed to escape unhurt. Police have not been able to find the youth.
Matura had been released from the Orange Walk police station that very afternoon around 1:30 p.m. where he was charged for ‘possession of marijuana’, before he met his untimely death at around 4:30 p.m.
Acevedo’s brother, Anthony Phillip Barrera was killed in a robbery attempt at Kephawn’s Pawnshop in Belize City three months ago. Police, however, believe that the two murders are not related. Matura had also been detained by police six months ago on another robbery case.
Matura and Acevedo were transported to the Northern Regional Hospital where they were pronounced dead on arrival. The shooter was not identified. Police believe he is not from the district. So far police investigations have not produced any leads.