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May 29, 2000

Stann Creek woman chopped to death by husband

Reports from Stann Creek District are that a woman has been chopped to death by her common law husband. The incident occurred just before noon today in Alta Vista Village. Mircendo Ruiz has been detained by police after he allegedly chopped his common law wife, 30-year old Benigna Salaam, in the head, back and arms with a machete. Details are sketchy and no motive has been reported. The killing occurred at their home and may have been witnessed by some or all of their 5 children.

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