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Oct 30, 2002

Shooters identified in Jalacte murder

More details are emerging in the murder of a Toledo Alcalde and the subsequent killing of one of his alleged assailants. On October twenty-sixth thirty-three year old Antigonus Garcia, Alcalde of Jalacte Village, was shot to death and twenty-year old Marvin Cuz was wounded when two men from across the border entered Garcia’s house on the pretext of changing some money. When the killers fled back to Guatemala one was apparently pursued by his own countrymen and killed in the village of Santa Cruz. That man has now been identified as nineteen year old Alex Duarte. His alleged partner in crime, Edgar Aguilar, also nineteen, is currently being held by Guatemalan police as efforts continue to have him returned to Belize where he faces murder charges. As to the motive for the crime, KREM Radio’s Melvin Flores today reports that the two Guatemalans were in fact hit men hired to kill Garcia. The price? Twenty thousand Quetzales or around four thousand Belize dollars. Who may have hired the shooters is not clear. One tenuous clue is that Alcalde Garcia was among seven men charged with drug trafficking last December when a quantity of marijuana was found in his vehicle. Those charges were subsequently dropped, however, when one of the passengers, a Guatemalan, claimed ownership of the weed.

A money changer is dead after he was shot in an apparent armed hold-up this morning in Corozal. Thirty-three year-old Samuel Sanker of San Antonio Village was heading home from the Belize/Mexico border around 9 o’clock this morning when two men attacked him on the Santa Rita Road. The men robbed Sanker of his money, shot him in the left side of the back and arm, and stole his white Toyota. Police believe the men are Mexicans, but are not sure where they may be hiding. Sanker died this afternoon after undergoing surgery at the Northern Regional Hospital. Medical authorities say the bullets ruptured the main vein to his heart.

A San Pedro man is dead after being run over by a dump truck. Shortly before 6:00 Tuesday evening Fifty-four year old cabinet maker, Alvan Rhaburn, was riding his bike on Coconut Drive towards his home near the airstrip when he was hit. The truck driver, thirty-eight year old Arturo Godoy, told police that the incident occurred when Rhaburn attempted to overtake the truck as it crossed over a speed bump. Rhaburn reportedly, lost control of his bike and fell under the truck, his head crushed by the vehicle’s right rear wheels. He died on the spot. Godoy was detained for questioning and has been released pending further investigations.

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