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Jul 13, 2011

DJ Textro Cardona murdered in Orange Walk

Orson "DJ Textro" Cardona

There’s an eighth murder victim for this year in Orange Walk. Just after midnight, a DJ was shot to death behind a supermarket at the corner of Arthur and South Mejiba Streets. Orson Cardona, who also goes by DJ Textro, had just moved back to Orange Walk Town. He was ambushed after going out to celebrate a new job. Cardona was shot to death, presumably by two gunmen; he was found with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Two persons are being questioned by police. News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports.

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Twenty three year old Orson Cardona left San Ignacio in search for a better life. Cardona returned to his home town in Orange Walk less than a week ago and got word on Tuesday night of a job opportunity so he went out to celebrate and a few hours after he returned home from drinking with friends:

Maritza Cardona, Cousin of the deceased

“He come yah di try si if he cud get a job. Ih get happy because somebody mi tell ah dat Saturday ih mih wah start work. He tell mih ih gwein tek wah spin. He gone by market and start to drink with some guys, some friends. From deh ih come home with the next bwai from the next room ‘Tito Queme’, Mr. Queme and they started to drink.”

Shortly after he asked his cousin Maritza Cardona, with whom he was staying, to help him out to buy a bottle of rum and then he received a text message from someone and left home:

Maritza Cardona

“Then bout eleven-thirty the night he knock my door upstairs and ih ask mi if I cud tek ih cell pawn, ih mi wah buy wah next quart. Suh I tek di cell and give ah ten dollars. Not even half an hour after ih come upstairs and knock again because ih tell mi some urgent message mih wah come een fuh ah. Suh when I give ah back the cell ih get wah message fah somebody then ih halla he have to guh out deh. But I tell ah ‘Orson, nuh guh out.”

Maritza Cardona

Andrea Polanco

“But you know weh kinda message ih receive?”

Maritza Cardona

“No mama, cause I nuh like faas eena people business.”

Andrea Polanco

“He neva seh?”

Maritza Cardona

“Ih neva tell me neither weh kinda message.”

And it was shortly before one thirty Wednesday morning when a resident who lives behind S.P store on Arthur and South Mejiba Streets heard a gun shot:

Baltazar Rosado, Resident

“It was one twenty and I heard the shot s. And umm, a groan after that mussie about three groans. When I open my window I saw a gentleman right across there.”

Andrea Polanco

“Which area?”

Baltazar Rosado

“Right there on the cement side. He was shot because I heard the shots.”

Andrea Polanco

“It was one shot?”

Baltazar Rosado

“Yes, one shot.”

Andrea Polanco

“So before you heard the gun shots did you hear maybe an argument, quarreling or any words exchange?”

Baltazar Rosado

“No, and I was not asleep. I was awake in my room and it was very silent in the night and no argument.”

But when Rosado got outside all he saw were two men leaving the scene and Cardona stretched out on the ground with injuries to the abdomen.

Baltazar Rosado

Baltazar Rosado

“Umm, two bicycles going, two men going on bicycle. When I opened my window and I saw from my window there two men going across but the man was already shot and after three groans he just fell. We went to see but he was still alive.”

Andrea Polanco

“So he couldn’t say anything to you?”

Baltazar Rosado

“No.”

But Cardona believes the key to her cousin’s death is in the text message that he received earlier that night but his phone is missing.

Maritza Cardona

“But the funniest things is when the police wake me bout four-thirty fuh tell mi mi cousin dead deh shot ah, I ask Mr. Fuentes, the inspector quick right. I remember bout the cell but he seh the bally neva got no cell, suh ih weird.”

Andrea Polanco

“Suh maybe you think deh set he up fuh guh out mek deh kill ah?”

Maritza Cardona

“Dat dah weh I think, dat somebody set he up because he did get the message like how I tell you pahn ih phone and as  ih look up the message he seh ih gwein out deh.”

Rosado, like Cardona, believes Orson was murdered by men he knew.

Baltazar Rosado

“They followed him and they met him right there and from the back they shot him.”

Andrea Polanco

“So it is possible that the two men are very much familiar with the young man Cardona?”

Baltazar Rosado, Resident

“Yes, apparently they’re friends. But drinking, drinking something went wrong.”

Maritza Cardona

“I think somebody had to know Orson fi mek deh mi kill him.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

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6 Responses for “DJ Textro Cardona murdered in Orange Walk”

  1. cg says:

    i know for a fact BTL and Smart have access to messages from everybody’s phone…..they could and should provide this info stat!

  2. JDR says:

    Very sad about this young man. An advice to young people: know your friends.

  3. mylegacyb4mypeople says:

    Liquor, Liquor, Liquor that is another thing that is killing my people and they just can’t stop I think that if the government want to raise some taxes they should tax the hell out of liquor also cigarettes, but I believe that they rather to have a population that is always intoxicated and addicted by substance abuse that way they won’t know what the government is doing to them.
    Remember My Legacy B4 My People

  4. Earl Grey says:

    ALCOHOL………………IS A DANGEROUS DRUG…………….YOU BETTER RECOGNIZE!!!!! (and it’s legal.)

  5. rod says:

    and the murder rate just keeps going sky high with this useless pm and gov. people dropping like flies when unu wa get enough people when it is one of your family members laying on the street march on this useless gov. and pm now march march .by the way where is the minister of defence is he in this gov. anymore and just laying low as not to feel the heat where is perdomo where find out news 5 where is the minister of defence with all the haitians and africans and chinese pouring into belize by the hundreds why does he not answer to this.

  6. Zoe says:

    What about all the Nigerians pouring in and pulling their scams all over the country? How come suddenly they have a taxi association? And one of them now wants to run for politics? Okeke? Send him back where he came from.

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