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Nov 14, 2017

Armenia Stunned by Murder of Guatemalan Resident

Carlos Humberto Navarijo Albeño

A four-year-old boy on Monday afternoon stumbled into the body of a villager from Armenia, Cayo. The child thought the man was drunk, but as it turned out, Carlos Humberto Navarijo Albeño was dead. Surveillance camera captures him leaving a village shop on Friday morning; sometime after, it is believed he was shot and killed and his body dumped at a garbage site off the Hummingbird Highway. His family believes that a Mayan artifact he had discovered caused him his life. That artifact has not been located. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Around one-thirty this morning, an impromptu burial was held by the family of Guatemalan national Carlos Humberto Navarijo Albeño. Around three p.m. on Monday, his decomposing body with shotgun injuries to his chest and leg was discovered by a farmer and his four-year-old son down a pathway some hundred yards off the Hummingbird Highway near mile forty-six and a half.


Vitalino Orellana Sr.

Vitalino Orellana Sr., Discovered Body [Translated]

“I was bringing my cattle to graze in that area and I sent my son because a cow let loose and so he went along the cleared path and the road leads to the house. I continued to tie the animals and I was going to come with him, but when I checked the path to the house, he wasn’t there. So I ran over to the house and we both arrived at the same time. And I asked him why he didn’t follow my directions and he said because there is a drunk man is in the road.  He’s there laid out in the middle of the road. I asked, “Are you sure? You are not lying?”  He told me no; it’s true and he saw flies on the abdomen. I noticed that I saw vultures in the trees and I said, let’s go and see and he took me there.”


But he wasn’t drunk; Vitalino Orellana Senior says that they found Navarijo’s body lying face up shirtless with a visible injury to the chest area. It is believed that he had been killed elsewhere and his body dumped in the area, used primarily by villagers to dispose of garbage. The police were subsequently called in to process the scene; a post mortem investigation revealed that Navarijo had been dead about three days.


Vitalino Orellana Sr. [Translated]

“I went out to the roadside and a Mennonite by the name of Mister Juan was passing and I asked him to notify the police that there is a murder because I don’t have a phone and he called the police. I waited there until the police arrived.”


Duane Moody

“Did you know that the body was that of Chapeton?”


Vitalino Orellana Sr. [Translated]

“No, I didn’t know cause it was badly decomposed.”


“Chapeton,” as he is affectionately known in the village by friends and family, was a twenty-nine-year-old farmer who was not known to have any conflict with anyone. Navarijo was last seen alive on Friday morning. Surveillance cameras from a nearby shop indicate that around eight-twenty-five he entered the grocery store and would later be seen leaving the compound and crossing the highway before he disappeared from the view of the camera. Police believe that he was then taken by a group of men, who later took his life.


Victor Rodriguez, Brother of Murder Victim

“He was killed by a sixteen-gauge shotgun.”


Duane Moody

“Where was he hit?”


Victor Rodriguez

Victor Rodriguez

“One of the chest and one on the leg. I was the second person to go see him; one of my other brothers, Wilmer Rodriguez, my other brother.”


Duane Moody

“What are the police saying? They tell the family anything about weh happen; how they think he end up here?”


Victor Rodriguez

“Yah…they say that they come and drop him here; I don’t know when they bring him if he was still alive but all the blood is right there on the water.”


Victor Rodriguez believes that his eldest brother was murdered over a Mayan artifact he discovered several weeks ago.


Victor Rodriguez

“He got friends right, but I don’t know if a friend of him do it, but I think it is a friend. He find at a ruin, a lee stone, like a shape…like wah jade.”


Duane Moody

“When did he find this?”


Victor Rodriguez

“About a month ago right now.”


Duane Moody



Victor Rodriguez

“In a ruin, pan the mountain.”


Duane Moody

“So you believe maybe they kill him for that?”


Victor Rodriguez

“Yes sir. The police found a bag of marijuana, but they found it on his pocket, but they don’t want that; they want what he got.”


The murder has shocked the villagers and they are asking for justice.


Vitalino Orellana Sr. [Translated]

“Of course, I am afraid because if they killed him there, that means that he was killed too close to home. So they need to find the person responsible so that he can be punished.”


Victor Rodriguez

“He’s a calm cool boy from Armenia. I don’t know what he was doing, but he’s my brother.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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1 Response for “Armenia Stunned by Murder of Guatemalan Resident”

  1. manuel pinto says:

    Este crimen debe ser investigado para que no quede en la impunidad, lo mas seguro es que fue asesinado por el solo hecho de ser guatemalteco.

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