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Aug 22, 2017

Dwayne Almendarez abandoned to die after shooting, family says

A post mortem on the body of thirty-year-old Dwayne Almendarez was conducted this afternoon in Belize City and certified that the Yo Creek resident died as a result of complications related to gunshot injuries.  Almendarez was mortally wounded during a shooting incident in the Orange Walk District last week which involved a customs officer on duty.  According to police, a stop and search was conducted on a commuter bus along the Yo Creek Road and passengers were asked to disembark while the went through the items being brought onboard the vehicle.  During that operation a melee erupted when passengers began throwing rocks at the customs and BDF officers at the checkpoint.  Almendarez was subsequently shot twice and was transported to the K.H.M.H. where lost his fight to survive on Saturday morning.  News Five spoke with his brother-in-law Kirk Augustus this evening.

 

 

Kirk Augustus, Brother-in-law of Deceased

Kirk Augustus

“Since we last spoke, my wife and I, we went to the hospital because they were doing a chest scan, scan the chest to see that everything is okay after the operation.  When we went back to the hospital the doctor said that he ran a fever and they wanted to do a scan on his stomach.  We left from there the evening after running that test.  Early Saturday morning we got a call that Dwayne had stopped breathing and that we should come to the hospital immediately.  My wife and I, we went to the hospital and by the time we reached there he had passed away and that was Saturday morning early.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Now a post mortem examination was conducted on the body earlier today.  What are the results indicating?”

 

Kirk Augustus

“Well I was the person who identified the body this afternoon during the post mortem and we spoke to the doctor after the post mortem and the doctor explained to us that Dwayne, the wound to the chest was very serious.  It affected basically everything inside and what happened is that the body was under so much stress it led into a heart attack and that caused the death.  But everything was caused from the gunshot to the chest.  It didn’t hit any vital organs but because of the amount of damage it did, you know, it put the body under great stress.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Where are you guys insofar as trying to understand what actually happened that day in the Yo Creek area that resulted in Dwayne Almendarez being shot multiple times?”

 

Kirk Augustus

“Okay.  Based on the post mortem, the doctor told us that Dwayne only got shot twice: one to the chest, one in the back leg and it went in and out, into the next leg and out again.  So that’s why we were saying he got multiple shots, but it was just two shots.  After Dwayne passed away on Saturday morning, the entire family, or most of us went to Yo Creek to gather some information and again we spoke to some family members and the customs were out there.  This is not official but people said that they were doing investigations.  I’m not sure why, when this is a matter for the police now.  But what we found out, we got more videos and a very disturbing video because one of the videos show that after Dwayne got shot, you know like, the customs officer and other personnel just jumped into their vehicle and left without any assistance to Dwayne.”

 

The file is before the D.P.P. and police are awaiting directives. 

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