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Mar 4, 2016

A Mother of 7 is Hacked to Death by Her Common-law Husband

Candy Reymundo

Domestic violence has been the cause of several murders in 2015. Tonight, there is a report of a femicide in which the life of a forty-five year old woman of Salvapan was taken by her common-law husband. Candy Reymundo, an entrepreneur and mother of seven children, sold plantain chips in the area and had been living with Giro [Hero] Guerra for the past five years. But this morning, sometime around five-thirty, a domestic dispute between the couple ended with Reymundo being badly beaten and chopped to the neck by Guerra. She bled profusely on the mattress inside the small room they called home, before taking her final breath. News Five’s Duane Moody was in Belmopan today and has this report.

 

Duane Moody, Reporting

This wooden bungalow structure at number ten Panama Street in the Salvapan Community of Belmopan was the scene of a heinous murder this morning. Forty-five-year-old Candy Reymundo lived along with her common-law husband Giro Guerra in a room attached to the building when just after five a.m.; a domestic dispute ensued between the couple. Reymundo was reportedly beaten to a pulp before she was chopped to the neck with a machete.

 

Voice of: Landlady [Translated]

“They were quarrelling and then he started beating her. He beat her badly to the point that she was defenseless and we thought that he had only beaten her. But later we found that he chopped her to the neck; it cut her vein and she bled to death. We tried to intervene, but he locked the door and when he left through the other side, we went and realized that she was unconscious, but we didn’t realize that she was bleeding because she was lying face down on the mattress. The body was on top of the mattress and there she was lying motionless. She was breathing for about five minutes and then she was unresponsive. It was really bloody and for that we burned the mattress and clean it out before we went to call the family because none of the children lived here with them.”

 

Giro Guerra

While Guerra and Reymundo did not share any children, she leaves behind seven sons and daughters, who were notified shortly after about their mother’s murder.

 

The police arrived shortly after the incident and Reymundo was still alive. The landlady told News Five that the ambulance arrived thirty minutes later and she died inside the room. While the couple has been together for five years, they were only renting the apartment for the past six months. But by all accounts from relatives and friends, Reymundo was living in an abusive relationship.

 

Voice of: Landlady [Translated]

“The problem that they had was that he drank too much and always came home drunk. She always spoke about how he gets violent when he gets drunk. We didn’t know that he was drunk until when me, my mom and my brother were awaken by the argument and we heard the calls for help. So we got up and this happened. They’ve always had problems and for a while the relations was great, but last night he came drunk and she was telling him about it and he beat her and then killed her.”

 

News Five understands that after committing the crime, Guerra handed himself over to the Belmopan Police and remains in custody tonight. The machete used in the incident was not discovered at the scene. Duane Moody for News Five.

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