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Dec 1, 2010

70 year old murdered during Orange Walk burglary

paulo diaz

The alarm went off early this morning at a business establishment in Orange Walk Town. Thieves had broken into the business, they made away with a small amount of goods worth a couple hundred dollars, but that was only the beginning. The watchman was murdered and his body hidden. Murder victim number one hundred and eighteen was placed at a nearby shed. News Five’s Marion Ali headed today to Sugar City and has a report of the horrible murder of the elderly man.

Marion Ali, Reporting

Seventy year old Paulo “Julian” Diaz was a jovial old man who took his job seriously.  But the elderly citizen’s life was cut short early this morning by thieves who broke into San Isidro Hardware Supplies as he kept watch over the premises at number four corner Dunn and Jamaica Streets in Orange Walk Town.  Co-owner of the business, Ramon Cervantes said that he was awakened at his house when the company’s electrical alarm triggered.

ramon cervantes sr.

Ramon Cervantes Sr., Co-owner, San Isidro Hardware Supplies

“When the police came we went through the office, opened the door. Well we saw that the door was broken already from the bottom so we knew that somebody must have been in there. Well we thought that he may be in there; the thief. We went through that side, and the police searched and nothing was there. He was looking for the office but that is where the alarm system caught him and it went off and that probably scared him and he rushed out.”

The thieves left but not before removing energy saver bulbs worth over three hundred and twenty one dollars.  But the burglary was nothing close to what Cervantes expected to find.  A closer inspection of the business took him to a door at the side of the business which was broken and a few feet away, he found Diaz’ body with visible head injuries.

Ramon Cervantes

“He had his skull was hurt. According to the police he was hit about three times. And then before they go on with their job they put that drum over his head to make sure; weighing about a hundred pounds because it was open. When it is full, it is about one hundred and twelve pounds.”

Marion Ali

“That is to do what?

Ramon Cervantes

“To maybe make sure that he don’t get up from there.”

Diaz, a resident of Hibiscus Street, Orange Walk, was found under an outdoor shed inside the yard lying face up on a piece of card board and wrapped in a white sheet.

Diaz’ daughter, Zulema, still distraught and overcome by grief, said that her father had been a watchman for many years and was alert on the job.  She said that the men caught him by surprise and overpowered him.  The machete that he carried was found beside his body, but the murder weapon, believed to be a blunt object, was nowhere in sight.  Police suspect that the killers gained access to the establishment by removing a panel from the lower portion of a wooden door at front portion of the building. They have also detained five persons for questioning.  Marion Ali for News Five.

The incident happened when San Isidro was celebrating twenty years in the business.


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7 Responses for “70 year old murdered during Orange Walk burglary”

  1. Kenzie says:

    Seriously, what could a 70 year old have done with a machete, for God sake just tie up the man and leave him there, why kill the man, this place is serioulsy out of hand. Until we start to put rope around the idiots neck nothing will change in our country, because the system fails us, the criminals threatening the witnesses and kill them. We live in fear, we cant even buy gas in peace, damn it. Life sucks in this place. But it is only time until God starts to whap us one by one, only time.

  2. cg says:

    can’t even have a decent business in this country now without some hack job coming to take your stuff and lives away from you it seems….we are no longer raising humans, we are raising animals in this country

  3. Proud Belizean says:

    This is really sad. These bandits have no pitty. I agree with Kenzie…why don’t they tie him up and leave him there…he probably recognized them.

    May his soul rest in peace…my sympathies to his family.

  4. Al says:

    Please Mr Prime Minister, active hanging or death by firing squad anything to make these cowards pay for their senseless crime. I know when it comes their time to die they will wet their pants and cry like a baby.

  5. belizeanpride says:

    mein this is really insane what they did, a 70yr old man killed maybe by two youths what on earth will a old folk do against this guys, they should have left him there alive than kill him. mein this youths now adays are really cruel. My condolence to family of this fallen belizean brother who work hard to earn a honest living killed by scumbags who have no mercy on the old folks. Hope they live and the blood shed from this granpa bring a wrath over them as lond as they live.

  6. BZNinCALI says:

    These worthless idiots killed the man over light bulbs, what next? When our children cannot look at the elderly & see their parents & grandparents or feel empathy, we have failed to do our damn job. Their parents know or suspect who they are, I hope they were the ones who turned them in to the Police. Just remember parents, you uphold criminal behavior, eventually these little angels will turn on you.

  7. MADDYVANDIJK/DEREALIST says:

    BZNinCALI, this man should have died a natural death, instead his life was snuffed away by some idiots in the night, how sad is that, that life in Belize changed so quickly for the worst. Life is cold in Belize.
    When their turn comes, it will be twice as brutal.

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