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Aug 10, 2012

What caused 14 year old to die suddenly?

Marcella Smith

Fourteen year old Marcella Smith, a promising Edward P. Yorke High School student died mysteriously at her home in Belize City on Tuesday. Smith was found motionless on the sofa and bleeding from the nose by her aunt, Averil Tinsley. Her death has stunned the family, the school and her friends because she was not known to have been suffering from any illnesses. Freelance reporter Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

The motionless body of fourteen year old Marcella Smith was discovered by her aunt, Averil Tinsley, in a seated position inside the home on Jude Street in Belize City just after one on Tuesday.


Averil Tinsley, Aunt of Deceased

“Marcella sit down inside and eat. When dehn done, I said Michael how you hear Marcella and Lance di play inside. So we said everything is ok—dehn di play; dehn di play. Then all of a sudden when we done eat out yah, my husband walk inside and I tell ahn I wah wash up the dishes. When I walk inside, he said Marcella are you sleeping? You can go to your bed. When he tell ahn two times and I see the child noh move; because you can talk to she one time and she will respond and just do what you say because she just quiet. Then my husband say ih dead. Then I say can’t. dah just wah shocking.”


Duane Moody

“When you went in there, how did you find her?”


Averil Tinsley

Averil Tinsley

“Sitting up and like ih just di look pan di baby and di play.”


Duane Moody

“Her eyes were opened and everything?”


Averil Tinsley

“Yes her eyes were opened. It was shocking.”


Tinsley, who took care of Marcella since she was one week old, say that she couldn’t believe that her daughter died of appendicitis. Tinsley said that on Sunday Marcella was vomiting, but never complained of having fever or pains—which are common symptoms of the condition.


Averil Tinsley

“I mi just mi di shake and then just burst outta cry. I cried until I can’t cry no more and then all of a sudden, I just feel my heart start to beat; beat.”


Duane Moody

“Did you know she had an appendix problem?”


Averil Tinsley

“No, I noh see no sign of that—none; none, none.”


Duane Moody

“What type of person was Marcella for you not to have discovered this? I know you said that she is a really quiet person and all of that.”


Averil Tinsley

“She is very, very quiet. The morning I get up and I saw her went to the back of the bathroom and I saw her start to vomit.”


Duane Moody

“Did you think that something was wrong then?”


Averil Tinsley

“I thought that the same loose stool and vomiting that my baby had before she had it too. But she don’t complain or anything.”


Shinique Samuels

The news of her unexpected death has shocked her family, teachers, classmates and friends; who say that Marcella will always be remembered for her loving personality.


Shinique Samuels, Friend of Deceased

“I wah remember lot a thing because she dah wah good friend and she try make everybody satisfied; she dah noh wah problem person.”


Kenisha Watler, Friend of Deceased

“I mi can’t believe it serious; I mi can’t believe it.”


Kenisha Watler

Duane Moody

“What is it that you will remember the most about Marcella?”


Kenisha Watler

“That how ih da mi wah good dancer, friendly; even if Marcella vex ih noh show it.”


Gone too soon; Marcella had her books and uniforms already prepped for the start of the new school year—she was going into third form at Edward P. Yorke High School. Drawing was her favorite pastime.


Averil Tinsley

“Drawing; she loves to draw. When she watch TV and news and she see arts on the TV she say, “Ma, weh kinda drawing that? We can draw better than that.” I’d Say, “Marcella, it’s not nice. Weh you do that dah weh come outta your heart.” Ih say, “Yes ma, but sometimes I woulda just wah draw and show what I could do.” Ih say, “No ma, I noh wah go pan TV.”


Duane Moody for News Five.


Funeral Services for Marcella Smith will be held on Saturday at the Saint Martin’s Church.

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4 Responses for “What caused 14 year old to die suddenly?”

  1. Tom Page says:

    Dengue Shock Syndrome

  2. Buju says:

    Very sad!

    My heart and prayers goes out to the family!

  3. rememba says:

    Dean Oliver Barrow” move over CSI Miamia, here comes CSI Belize”
    Crazy Glue was right ” all glitter and no substance”

  4. glenda smith says:

    please open marcella smith case please michael tinsley always drinking he kill marcella he also wanted in america so please help her that little is my sister ruth dauther how could a healthy little girl die from a appendix how can you even walk you cannot cause you are in too much pain an a nurse some one lie about that but GOD IS NOT SLEEPING run a back ground on michael tinsley HE IS WANTED IN AMERICA BY THE F>B>I

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