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Dec 5, 2016

Murder at the Bus Stop in San Roman, Stann Creek

The fourth murder in the span of forty-eight hours occurred in San Roman Village in the south. Thirty-year-old Gabino Choc was with a friend at a bus stop in the village around midnight on Sunday when he was killed. The two men, who were reportedly under the influence of alcohol, were attacked by another intoxicated man armed with a machete. One of the men was able to escape after he received two chop wounds, but Choc, who was sleeping under the shed wasn’t so lucky. Superintendent Reymundo Reyes tells us how this murder happened.


On the Phone: Supt. Reymundo Reyes, O.C., Intermediate Southern Formation

“As a result, Police visited the scene where on arrival by the village bus stop the lifeless body of a Hispanic male person was seen lying on the ground in a face down position with what appears to be a cut wound to the throat.The person was later identified as one Gabino Choc, thirty years old, Belizean labourer of Santa Rosa Village, Stann Creek District. Investigation revealed that sometime after midnight, Gabino Choc and another male person were under the bus stop when another person only known to them as Mincho – arrived. And apparently, he was in possession of a machete and he attacked one of the individuals inflicting the cut wound to the upper right eye and left elbow. So, that person managed to run away. And then, allegedly, Mincho just slashed Mr. Choc’s throat who at the time was sleeping on the cement at the bus stop. Police visited the scene and they processed the scene. Statements have been recorded from the person who was along with Mister Cho and Police are presently looking for one individual, namely Hermencio Ical, twenty five years old, Belizean labourer of San Roman Village, for questioning.”


Andrea Polanco

“Sir, have your investigations revealed that; or if, there was a problem between these two men?”


On the Phone: Supt. Reymundo Reyes

“Well, people have been questioned and so forth. Nothing has been given to us or no kind of indication stating that both persons had any previous conflict or any misunderstanding before this incident.”


Andrea Polanco

“Do you believe if one, both or all three men were under the influence of alcohol at the time?”


On the Phone: Supt. Reymundo Reyes

“Yes, we believe that what contributed to this is alcohol. All persons were apparently consuming alcohol from earlier that day.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, these men are all familiar with each other?”


On the Phone: Supt. Reymundo Reyes

“Yeah. All familiar.”

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