Woman dies after violent fight reaches inside her home
A fight between relatives in the village of Cristo Rey in Corozal District has left an elderly woman dead and a man fighting for his life after he was chopped in the head. Sixty-eight year old Cecilia Botes was inside her home on Saturday night when someone knocked down her door. Botes, who suffered from hypertension for quite some time, could not handle the commotion and died. Police investigations revealed that there was a fight earlier that night that left a member of the Che family, twenty-two year old Luis, in critical condition at the Emergency Ward and Botes in the morgue of Northern Regional Hospital.
Duane Moody, Reporting
Sixty-eight year old Cecilia Botes, a resident of Cristo Rey Village was at home when about nine on Saturday night, her nephew, twenty-eight year old Manuel Hernandez, stomped opened her front door. This commotion sent Botes’ pressure sky high and she died moments later while being transported to the Corozal Community Hospital.
Juan Botes, Husband of Deceased
“Her pressure went up and she started to cry that her stomach was hurting her. So I chartered a vehicle because my son is not here and that guy took her to Corozal. She didn’t reach the Corozal hospital and on the road between Xiabe and San Andres, they say she stopped breathing. When she reached the hospital the doctor examined her and she was dead.”
Yvette Botes, Granddaughter of Deceased
“The doctor said that dah wah heart attack.”
“She was frightened to the point that it killed her.”
“I think dah the emotions from when my cousin Manuel Hernandez kicked the door.”
“Do you know why Manuel will kick down the door; did you hear why he did that?”
“No I don’t know why he did that.”
The tragic incident was the result of a fight in front of Tommy Store between relatives: forty-two year old Wadencio Che, his son, twenty-two year old Luis Che, their cousin Manuel Hernandez and a man known only as Chivo Garcia. The Ches and Garcia were in a fight and then turned on Hernandez when he intervened. Garcia then allegedly found a machete and injured the Ches.
Anita Che, Mother of Manuel Hernandez
“Wadencio and ih two sons had sticks in their hands and they are beating my son. My son was on the gun and couldn’t help himself. I said my god don’t fight.”
“Why were they beating your son?”
“Because he was defending Garcia. Three of them were on Garcia, killing Garcia—taking away his beers that he had buy from the Chinese man.”
“So Manuel is related to the Che’s that were in a fight and he got in to part it and in that process, he was beaten?”
“Yes he was beaten by them because he was defending Garcia.”
Duane Moody for News Five.
Luis Che received a large cut wound to his right upper shoulder, Wadencio was cut to the left eyebrow and Hernandez was injured to the mouth. While Hernandez is currently detained at the police station, Luis Che is currently in critical condition at the Northern Regional Hospital. Police are looking for Garcia.