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May 24, 2011

15 year old’s throat slashed in Cayo

Albert Alexander Valdez

Two men, one woman and a minor were all murdered over the past weekend. In the west, a minor’s life was cut short on Sunday night and it is suspected that the culprits were his friends; two minors are detained.  Fifteen year old Albert Valdez was stabbed a stone’s throw away from his home in San Ignacio. With help from a neighbor he made it to the hospital but did not survive the injuries to his throat, chest and left hand. News Five’s Andrea Polanco spoke to members of the grieving family, who says the minor might have been killed over a bike.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Fifteen year old Albert Alexander Valdez seems like a normal and happy teenager in this picture, and for his family, that was truly how he was, not the usual troublemaker, so when he was murdered they were in disbelief:

Santos Valdez

Santos Valdez, Mother

“Albert my son was just the sweetest son I could eva have. He neva get inna fight, nothing. He was just always happy, friendly even with deh two weh tek weh ih life inna dah way weh ih neva deserve.”

Ana Gladys Marroquin, Godmother

“To me he was a nice boy, a good behavior and ay, what could I say?

Ana Gladys

Andrea Polanco

“He didn’t have any problems with the law?”

Ana Gladys

“No, no, no, of course not, no.”

But shortly after seven on Sunday night, trouble came looking for Valdez at his home, when two friends went to look for him to pay him for a bike:

Richard Arnold, Valdez’s cousin-in-law

Richard Arnold

“One ah deh tell Albert, Albert sell wah bike to one ah deh, that dah weh I get to understand and tell Alex that he gonna give him the money mek he go with him downtown to the ATM. Eventually, Alex pick up ih bike thinking that dis lee bwai wah get dis seventy dollars.”

Andrea Polanco

“So dis dah neva wah old beef like people are saying?”

Richard Arnold

“No, this is not an old beef. These guys were together Sunday at Victor Galvez Stadium playing football, watching football going on up there. Alex came home around six six-thirty and they came to pick up Alex, gone look fuh Alex home.”

But Valdez didn’t return home that night, because sometime between the hours of eight-thirty and nine-thirty he was stabbed some two minutes away from his home in this alley located off Eduardo Luna and Blue Bird Streets. After Valdez was stabbed, he was able to make it to a neighbor’s yard, leaving a trail of blood as he made his way across for help:

Jose Lopez, Took Valdez to the hospital

“I was standing by the front door and when this guy came running from that side. And he was calling for help.”

Andrea Polanco

Jose Lopez

“Was he calling out loud or something?”

Jose Lopez

“No he couldn’t speak, he was just making signs.”

Andrea Polanco

“With his hands?”

Jose Lopez

“With his hands, like this and he was like this making signs towards the house.”

Andrea Polanco

“Was he bleeding at that time?”

Jose Lopez

“Well I couldn’t see him from there at that time but when I ran out I though he was one of my cousins when I held him from his shoulders he wanted to speak but there was lotta blood.”

Andrea Polanco

“Blood from where?”

Jose Lopez

“From his throat, he couldn’t speak. He tried to speak and he still couldn’t speak and then emm I ask if a dog bite hime, he say no. He do signs that say no. What he do is hold his shirt like dis and then he did like this and when I saw the big cut and I say this is no dog bite, this is cut nuh. I hail for help; I hail my family for help. Unu bring wah sheet or something this guy is cut.”

Jainy Lopez

Jainy Lopez, Took Valdez to the hospital

“We ker him to the hospital. I was holding the cloth, he just do me like he going and I told him ‘you have to fight for your life, God is helping you’ I tell him. So we carried him to th hospital and he reach alive there.”

According to relatives, the suspects who are minors are well-known to the family:

Santos Valdez

“I call them kids because they were more like kids too, they use to deh een and out from my house. I just can’t believe what did my son did wrong to them that they had to do that to him.”

Ana Gladys Marroquin

“Well to me them behave like brothers, they go een, come out outta di house, deh go een and do whatever they want like friends.”

Shortly after he was taken to the hospital, Valdez succumbed to his injuries and police have since detain the two minors in connection with the teenager’s murder. Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

Police recovered a black twenty inch beach cruiser bicycle with a small knife on the rear wheel.

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18 Responses for “15 year old’s throat slashed in Cayo”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    Again…. What is it in our culture that has led our children to believe that murder is an acceptable response to everything. If adolescents can be this heartless, they must be prosecuted as adults.

  2. rod says:

    hang them all hang all the murderers this cannot continue you di lisen barrow or you got you head up uknow what

  3. mylegacyb4mypeople says:

    well it’s like this the rest of the country see that these murderers in the city almost always get of so they figure that they can also kill and get off, pretty soon it will be the norm for the whole country if they don’t put a stop to it. Remember, My Legacy B 4 My People.

  4. Elgin Martinez says:

    Please show their face.They’re old enough to commit the crime then let them deal with the humiliation.

  5. BelizeanSocrates says:

    Horror!

  6. MACAL RIVERA says:

    I BEG THE QUESTION IN THESE DAYS WE ARE LIVING HOW CAN A FIFTEEN YEAR OLD BE ALLOWED OUT OF HIS HOUSE AT THAT TIME OF THE NIGHT. PARENTS NEED TO BE MORE VIGILANT OF THEIR CHILDREN.
    I FULLY AGREE THAT THOSE WHO KILLED HIM SHOULD BE PERSECUTED AS ADULTS, THIS MURDER WAS WELL PLANNED AHEAD.
    MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE, CONDOLENCES TO THE MOTHER, I FEEL YOUR PAIN.

  7. show me results says:

    Ur best friend is ur worst enemy… money is the root t all evil…even is its a penny… young life taken so sad

  8. Justice says:

    Out of control! the so called minors should be tried as adults!

  9. Lucio Rodriguez says:

    warning parents, its written the sins of theparents will fall upon the children, we need to have more moral values being implemented in the home, we need to put GOD in our lives!!!!!now?

  10. Earl Grey says:

    Send the killers to….THE SUSTAINABLE REHABILITATION CENTER ….. (Prison Farm)…4 LIFE!!!

    There they can EARN THEIR KEEP and CONTRIBUTE TO SOCIETY at NO COST TO TAXPAYERS.
    More than likely…….. his killers were not much older than him…… THEY COULD BE PRODUCTIVE FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES AT THE SRC…The Sustainable Rehabilitation Center.

    They can grow FOOD FOR SCHOOL LUNCHES, BUILD DESKS and CHAIRS FOR SCHOOLS and GOVERNMENT OFFICES…….at the very least, they can BREAK ROCKS FOR 10 HOURS A DAY.

    BUILD THE SRC TODAY……….. FOR A BETTER TOMORROW!!!

    bUILD IT IN TOLEDO……….Kolbe too close to Belize City.

  11. LSM says:

    THIS IS GETTING OUT OF CONTROL AND ITS GONNA GET WORST INOCENT PEOPLE ARE GETTING KILLED OUT HERE ……… EVEN AFRAID TO WALK THE STREETS AT NIGHT ….. SOON WE WOULD HAVE TO LIVE DAY AND NIGHT LOCKED UP IN OUR HOUSES ……. THIS IS THE TIME TO TRY THESE KIDS AS ADULTS IF THEY BRAVE ENOUGH TO KILL THEY SHOULD BE BRAVE ENOUGH TO SHOW THERE FACES ,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  12. Sunshine says:

    Keeping the cboy locked down at night would not have helped if they wanted to kill him over a bike they could have done it at 8:00 the next morning. It is sad that our teeneagers are resorting to these kinds of crimes, like you all said try them as adults and let them feel how it is to be dealt with like a man, they grow up too fast and try to be men before their time. Young boys with criminal minds. You do the crime you spend the time, they fully understood what they wanted to do before they did it. Sad very sad. Life in prison would be a good lesson to them.

  13. female7041 says:

    these kids need to be punish, treat them like adult, so they could learn to live and love each other. Have fun growing up not spending their life in jail. DONE with it, the government need to put a stop to this. May be push harder and make it a must in education for any children who don’t want to go to school

  14. Belizean2727 says:

    Wow! It saddens me to see what used to be paradise, become such a hell-hole! Why is it that Belizean kids always want to mimic the scum of American society? They always want to be like the gangbangers and hip hop trash artists. Too bad hardly any of them want to be scholars, doctors, lawyers…you know, something meaningful and productive. Even if they were laborers, but self respecting, decent, honest people with a kind heart toward their brothers and sisters. Now, most people say to try them as adults; but what good would that do? Someone will get some government official to set them free and the rest of criminals will rest at ease knowing they can get a “get out of jail” pass. No, what they need to start doing is they need to start hanging the criminals!! Like the organized crime all these idiotic kids are trying to mimic, they need to start making examples out of them!!! They need to start taking down criminals in the same way they take down their victims, painfully and slowly!!! Starting with the damn government!!! Belize used to be sweet sweet paradise, now it’s just a safe haven for murderers and corrupt politicians!!!! It makes me sick!!!

  15. Bett says:

    This is for our minister HON. DEAN BORROW , WE WANT JUSTICE NOW !!!!!!!!! JUSTICE IS OUT OF ORDER!!!! WE RESPECT YOU SIR, AND WE KNOW ITS TIME TO SET THINGS STRAIGHT!!!

    I TRULY BELIEVE THAT THIS PERSON, SHOULD BE HANG , MAYBE THIS WILL BE OF EXAMPLE TO OUR YOUTHS WHO IS OUT THERE THINKING THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH THE LAW. YOU HAVE THE POWER THE JURY , THINK AS IF IT WAS THE LIFE OF YOUR CHILD ………. WE DON’T WANT TO HEAR ABOUT NO ‘EMO” THING , WELL IF HE IS A EMO HE MUST BE ELIMINATED CAUSE HE WILL COMMIT MORE CRIME AND MORE …THEN IT WILL NOT ONLY BE ONE IT WILL BE MORE ….LET HIM PAY FOR HIS ACT SIR………..
    The law biggest mistake was to left one loose , both should have been condemn, one for slicing the throat and the other for the stabbing ………….they are not crazy…. they know what they are ding….So you see Respectful Minister… Let justice be done as you have always say ……that kid was just a BABY

  16. RANDY says:

    IF IT WAS MY KID I WOULD KILL THOSE BASTARDS, THEM NO CRAZY THE LAW IS CRAZY FOR LETTING LOOSE ONE OF THEM….. …….. MAN WHA PLAY CRAZY NOW THAT THEY DONE THE CRIME ……………….PEOPLE WE MUST SHOW WHAT IS THE MEANING OF J U S T I C E, SINCE WE ARE NOT PROTECTED BY THE LAW WE MUST PROTECT OUR LOVED ONES ………

    SO IF THEM KETCH WE WE WHA PLAY CRAZY AND GET BAIL OR CHARGE FOR 25 YEARS IN JAIL……. ONE THING THIS CRIME COMMITTED TO THIS CHILD WILL NOT STAY THIS WAY CAUSE MANY CHILDREN WILL TAKE THIS THING AS EXAMPLE …..ANDTHOSE WHO SAY THIS KID WAS OUT LATE ……………………….. IT WASN’T LATE WHEN HE GOT KILLED,,,,,,,,,, THEY WHEN FOR HIM…. HE WAS AT HOME U UNDERSTAND AT HOME….. SO THEY HAD IT PLANNED …………………………….TO KILL HIM …..SO WE MUST PLANNED TOO SO WHO ALLL WITH ME LETS WAKE UP THE MINISTER OFF THAT SPELL …………………….DAT KID DIED SAD ……….BECAUSE HE FOUGHT FOR HIS LIFE……. U WHA KILL SOME COME KILL DA BELIZE , CAUSE ALL THEM DO DA LACK U UP FEED U GOOD GET U FAT AND GIVE U WHA LEE 20 YEARS FOR CRIME, ROBBERY ETC… SO BELIZE IS A GOOD PLACE TO KILL……………………

  17. ANDY says:

    I BET YOU THE CRIMINAL PARENTS UPHOLD THESE THINGS ,IF I WAS A PARENT I LET MY SON ROT IN PRISON………………………………CAUSE HE ALREADY IS SAYING HE HAS TO KILL A FAMILY AND I KNOW FAMILY IS BY BLOOD , SO THE DEVIL WILL NOT TAKE THAT $#!% ,SO HE STILL WILL CONTINUE MORE CRIME ……………………………………….

  18. veronica says:

    this is serious really serious….. if it was my son they have killed believe you me i mi wa get to the bottom a that n mek deh !**kin pay…. go da honduras go kill wa minor deh people wa mek sure deh kill u and yo whole family…. yo ma pa sista breda cousin and if yo grama done dead deh wa kill ah again…. look like da dat belize need people weh wa tek justice in thier own hands

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