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Apr 10, 2015

Murdered “John Doe” is Aurelio Montero Jr.

Aurelio Montero Jr.

San Ignacio Police have been piecing the story together of a man who was found badly beaten at the San Ignacio Welcome Center and died five days later at the K.H.M.H.  It is reported that the man was drinking and later attacked by three men on Holy Saturday morning. After circulating the photo of the ‘John Doe,’ shortly after seven on Thursday night, police were able to identify the young man as Coast Guard sea man, Aurelio Montero, from Bullet Tree Village.  Andrea Polanco spoke with Montero’s father today.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Twenty three year old Aurelio Montero Jr. was the youngest of his family. With injuries to the upper body and the head, he was hospitalized from over the weekend until he died on Wednesday.

 

Aurelio Montero Sr., Father of the Deceased

“He was brutally beaten to death. I can say that. They beat him; beat him until he was found unconscious. They took him to the hospital and the worst thing is that they couldn’t identify him and we, his parents, didn’t know that he was injured. That is the most pain that I have. Because, at least we could have stand beside him all that while that he was unconscious and still breathing.  He is the youngest of them all; he is the junior. He is my baby. I feel very, very sad right now. For all of my family, especially my wife. Because she suffers from blood sugar and right now she is very, very devastated.”

 

Montero Jr. was unconscious when he was discovered here at the Welcome Center in San Ignacio on Saturday morning. Since then, San Ignacio Police have been trying to identify Montero’s body and had listed him as a ‘John Doe’. Montero Senior explains why the family didn’t know anything.

 

Aurelio Montero Sr.

Aurelio Montero Sr.

“Well, at the moment, we never thought he was there. Because how we found out that the person is is when his colleague reached the village and told his mom that my son, Aurelio, didn’t report to work.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What day did his colleague show up at your house?”

 

Aurelio Montero Sr.

“It was day before yesterday, because until yesterday we started to move. We tried to see if he reported to work. All that while we thought he was at work because he told us Thursday that was the last time we saw him when he was at home with us and he told our mother that he had to report to work on Friday, so we expected him at work. That’s why we never worried about him.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Did he go out that Thursday night to party in town?”

 

Aurelio Montero Sr.

“Yes. He went out of the house but I don’t know where he went. But the Friday morning many people saw him at the riverside; many people saw him by the riverside.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Was he alone? What are people saying?”

 

Aurelio Montero Sr.

“No, there were a bunch of people there having fun.”

 

And the circumstances surrounding Montero’s killing? The family is clueless.

 

Aurelio Montero Sr.

“Up to now, I can’t say what the motive of his death is. All I know is what the police told me, that they found a person at the welcome center. They couldn’t identify him and that is why we could never get to know if he was.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So, you didn’t hear if he was involved in a fight out at the Cayo Welcome Center?”

 

Aurelio Montero Sr.

“No, nothing, nothing, nothing at all until the police reached home and they had that picture shown to me.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Did your son have any problems or was in any kind of trouble with anyone in Cayo?”

 

Aurelio Montero Sr.

“Well, I don’t think so. He doesn’t have a problem with anybody there. He is a nice guy. A calm guy; very quiet.  I definitely believe we have to do much more about this crime situation in our country. It is escalating everyday and lots of parents are without their sons, their beloved ones. I think that it is time for us Belizeans to do something about this. It is time. It is very hard. It happened to me today; tomorrow it can be another person.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

 

We spoke with San Ignacio Police late this evening and they said that the two men in custody will be charged for Montero’s murder, and they are still looking for the third suspect. The post-mortem conducted on the body today revealed that Montero died as a result of a hit to the forehead.

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