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Mar 13, 2018

A Tragic End for Angel Cisneros, 15

Angel Gabriel Cisneros

A fifteen-year-old boy went missing from his family in San Jose Nuevo Palmar, Orange Walk, on March third. As the days went by, the Cisneros family became concerned then grew alarmed. For eight days, Angel Gabriel was not seen or heard from despite search parties scouring the area. But on Monday morning, he was found dead not very far from his house in the village. The gas attendant headed out to visit with a friend on the day he disappeared.  It is not known what made him snap, but today we found his family grieving. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

He was missing for over a week, but on Monday morning an Orange Walk family’s worst fears were confirmed. For the family it is almost unthinkable that fifteen-year-old Angel Gabriel Cisneros would be found hanging from the branch of a tree with a nylon strap tied around the neck, less than a quarter mile from where he lived in the San Jose Nuevo Palmar Village. His sister, twenty-four-year-old Jaritzy Manzanarez says that she last saw her brother on March third when he left her house in the village following a quarrel between them earlier that day.


Voice of: Jaritzy Manzanarez, Sister of Deceased

“We were arguing in the morning like eleven. We were arguing because he was smoking weed and I wanted him to stop smoke. So I told him that I would send him back to San Pedro with my mom and my brother better so I text my mom that I need him to go back to San Pedro, the same day if possible because I don’t like arguing with him cause I love him. He started to fight with me, argue with me. Eleven-thirty, we had lunch together. Like eleven-fifteen, he went to a friend’s house and asked for a rope. He told his friend he wanted the rope to tie some stuff. When he told his friend that, his friend gave him the rope; his friend says it is a karate blue belt.”


Multiple searches were conducted by police and the family, but the part-time gas attendant could not be found. And with every passing day, the family became wearier. Jaritzy Manzanarez says that this was the third time in the seven months that her brother was living with her that Cisneros would leave, threatening not to come back. But he would always return within hours. This time, he didn’t.


Voice of: Jaritzy Manzanarez

“He had one bag; I don’t know what he had in the bag. The other bag, he had clothes. He was telling me that he was going, but he done do that to me once. I let him go that day because I thought he was going to go to relax like the other day, but this time he didn’t come back. This was the third time he do me this. So I thought he was going to come back.”


Duane Moody

“How long he normally goes for?”


Angel Gabriel Cisneros

Voice of: Jaritzy Manzanarez

“Less than half an hour, like a little while. So when I see like an hour passed, I start texting him, calling him and no…well the police told me he did it moving from here, he did what he did. Because if he was calm down, I don’t think he would have the courage to do that because he is a nice person; he’s not someone who would do that. I don’t know what he had in his head; I don’t know.”


Cisneros badly decomposing body was discovered dressed in the orange t-shirt, long black skinny jeans, and white and dark blue low cut Nike tennis – the same attire he left home in that day. Police say foul play is not suspected as a postmortem conducted on the scene certified that the teenager died from mechanical asphyxiation due to hanging.


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Orange Walk police responded to an information of a body found in a decomposed state somewhere in the bushes near Palmar Village. The body was later identified Angel Gabriel Cisneros, fifteen years Salvadoran national who was reported missing on Saturday, the tenth of March.”


Duane Moody for News Five.


As a matter of policy, we do not cover stories of suicides, but the incident adds to the disturbing state of affairs involving violence among minors.

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