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Feb 6, 2019

Las Flores Resident Drowns

Angelino Lemus

Today, the Lemus/Vargas family of Las Flores in the outskirts of Belmopan laid their loved one to rest. Thirty-four-year-old Angelino Lemus was discovered dead on Monday in the river near a golf course in Roaring Creek Village, Cayo. The construction worker, who lived at the corner Florida and Roses Streets in Las Flores area, went swimming with friends in the river. But according to police, a friend reported that Lemus went under the water and didn’t resurface. He was found dead after one p.m. in a shallow area of the river. According to his sister and mother, Lemus has been swimming in the area since the age of twelve and they are still in disbelief that he had died while out with his close friend.

 

Maria Felicita Vargas

Maria Felicita Vargas, Sister of Deceased (Translated)

“The guy that was with my brother said they did barbecue and eat. They were drinking; they then decide to swim cross the river. The other guy swam across, but my brother couldn’t. The guy when he went diving to look for my brother, he said that he saw my brother hugging on to a rock and that’s how he was found. But we don’t know because it wasn’t very deep; it was shallow.”

 

Maria del Carmen Vargas

Maria del Carmen Vargas, Mother of Deceased (Translated)

“It’s the hardest thing that could happen to a mother. There is no comfort, hope or nothing. I only saw him leave, but he didn’t return. The day before the incident, he was here at home. On Saturday he was working and on Sunday, he was here about half day and then left with the same friend, because every weekend they will be hanging out together. This weekend they went to the river. Why they went to the river? I do not know.”

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