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Apr 16, 2018

No Suspects, No Motive in Caye Lagos Double Murder

The shocking double murder on Caye Lagos on Friday has shocked the Ladyville community and left two families grieving. Forty-eight-year-old Mark Seawell and forty-two-year-old Gabriel Escalante were shot to death on the island where they worked. But the murder of the two Ladyville residents has left more questions than answers. The account provided by police differs from the reports that the family and friends have given. According to the police, Seawell and Escalante were socializing on the night when a third person on the caye turned on them. He took out a gun and shot Seawell and Escalante before making good his escape. That is the official version of events. Family and friends have received a very different account of what transpired. They say they were informed that Escalante, Seawell and another man, who were working on the caye with them, were on the island when a small boat arrived that night.  At least one of the persons on the boat came on the island and approached Seawell – but shortly after he hit Seawell to the ground and then shot him.  Escalante was reportedly sleeping in his bed when he was killed. The third man on the island heard the disturbance and witnessed the murders, so he remained hidden. According to the report the family received – the assailant or assailants on the boat had committed a robbery on Caye Caulker and happened upon Caye Lagos where a bigger, faster boat docked. They then killed the men because they wanted the boat. It is a very different narrative from police – and today they told us that they have no information that would suggest this angle.  We asked for an update on the murders and here is what they told us:

 

Wilfredo Ferrufino

Insp. Wilfredo Ferrufino, C.I.B., Belize City

“What police have gathered so far is that sometime around the twelfth of April, the two deceased were socializing with an unknown male and shortly after shots were fired or heard. Police arrived and found them deceased. There was a report of a skiff, a boat that was stolen after the incident and I believe that may have been used to get off the island. There is no one detained. Police are investigating that matter.”

 

Police say they have no suspects at this time.

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