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Oct 8, 2012

Another Belizean murdered in Melchor

Miguel Gonzalez Jr.

A Belizean was murdered just across the Guatemalan border. Miguel Gonzalez Junior from Benque Viejo apparently last went to el champon, an area between the Belize and Guatemalan border points in the west. The details of what exactly happened are not known, but Gonzalez’s family believes he was robbed, tortured and then left for dead on Flores Street, where his body was found. Police are still looking two of his co-workers for interrogation as they were the ones with whom he was socializing on Saturday. Duane Moody reports.


Ysenia Valdez, Sister of Murder Victim

“I know people saw him because many people are coming to say this here; but they can’t speak over there. They are going to get into trouble; somebody is going to say oh you said this. So, they don’t want to speak, they don’t want us to find out anything and we need answers. We need answers as to why and why that way.”


Duane Moody, Reporting

The Gonzalez family is asking for answers into the brutal death of one of their own over the weekend. Twenty-three year old Miguel Gonzalez Junior, of Mahogany Street in Benque Viejo was murdered just across the western border in Melchor de Mencos; his body was reportedly found on Sunday morning on Flores Road in neighboring Guatemala.


Dinsdale Thompson

A.S.P. Dinsdale Thompson, O.C., Benque Police

“We received a call from the Guatemalan consulate here in Belize who revealed or gave us certain information concerning a Belizean who was murdered in the neighboring town of Melchor de Mencos. What we did at that time is we sent over our investigator along with our special agent officer and another police officer at the location in Guatemala; assisted by the PNC, Guatemalan police. When they went on the area where the information as received that there was a Belizean found dead, they found Miguel Gonzalez Jr. body at the location.”


Ysenia Valdez

“It looks like he got robbed or something like that. They didn’t find any identification on him, no IDs, no nothing so they couldn’t—everything was gone—all his jewelry; everything. But a person that knows him from Melchor came and said, I think this is your brother. He had taken a picture of him and then he came to show my sisters and they were the ones that say, he hasn’t reached home from yesterday so let us go see. They called everybody and we started to worry and then my older sister went to identify them fully and she did say that yes it was him.”


Ysenia Valdez

According to his sister, Ysenia Valdez, it appears that Gonzalez was tortured.


Ysenia Valdez

“He never goes to Melchor; he doesn’t even have a passport. So how he got over there, I don’t know. Maybe they were drinking or you know influenced by friends. He had money still from the things that they had distributed earlier and I think that they knew that he had money on him. I don’t know if it was a set up; we don’t know anything. We only know that they had beaten him bad—he has bruises all over his body, all over his face. Apparently people say that he was stoned. He had a thing around his neck and scrapings on his body as if they dragged him with a vehicle while being hanged. We don’t know if he was unconscious before they dragged him. Hopefully it was because I can’t imagine being conscious and being dragged and I can’t imagine having my brother suffering that kind of pain.”


Gonzalez had left home on Saturday enroute to work at Vega’s Distributers just two blocks away. It is said that after work, he went with two friends to el champon, at the border area with Melchor. What happened thereafter that caused his demise is unknown, but friends, who are also his co-workers, cannot be found.


A.S.P. Dinsdale Thompson

“The other friends we are still looking and asking the public to assist us—to come forward so that we can maybe get more information as to what transpired at the location and then we can assist or receive more information from our Guatemalan counterparts as to what really transpired.”


Ysenia Valdez

“The police can’t find them. The police can’t find them. One reached here last night and said that he had brought him to the border. But if he had brought him to the border he would be safe. He wouldn’t have ended up way Flores road—he wouldn’t have been there.”


What is even more heart-wrenching is that Gonzalez is not known to be involved in any crime; he was a breadwinner of the family.


Ysenia Valdez

“He’s hardworking. When I tell you hardworking, it’s like the person that you want to something with, he is up for it. he helps his family, he helps his friends. he does any kinda job just to get around to do something to have his family eat. He didn’t have any wife or kids or whatever, but he took care of us from when we were children he took care of us in any way. and he dah just the person weh yo want to love—to love and appreciate. And it is just that fear; that they took him away and it’s not fair the way they did that to him.”


Funeral services were held for Gonzalez at three p.m. today. Duane Moody for News Five.

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10 Responses for “Another Belizean murdered in Melchor”

  1. Cruffy says:

    I think our foreign minister SEDI should go to Melchor and hold a press conference, now is the time to grow a pair.

  2. Gio says:

    Descansa en paz homy… si estuviera en Benque no descansaria asta saver quien te iso este masacre. Mi familia y tu familia siempre te vamos a llevar en el corazon. Descansa en paz…


  3. Jeovanny says:

    I live along the border area in Benque Viejo. I believe that as Belizeans we should send a message to Guatemala in particular Melchor de Mencos. I make a call to all Belizeans not to go and buy or do business at Melchor for at least a couple of months for them to see that every time one of our people is killed there, they will loose business.

  4. Bear says:

    Do we have any police up to handling this investigation to a successful conclusion?

  5. rashaun rashid says:

    Hostility is bound to develop following our border fiasco ! We kill them;they’ll kill us….Stay away from Guatemala

  6. Joevanni Gonzalez says:

    The can run but will get caught! My cuz did not deserve this death!

  7. Genotu Rembiuos says:

    Yap, better stay away from Guatemala.
    They killed in retaliation, better do not go there.
    Plenty rum here in Belize, don`t loose your life at Melchor.

  8. chale says:

    my homboy was type of homies who lives happy and in peace…i grew up along with him and knew him very well and nobody deserves to be taken the way they did to such a pitty homie but you will never be 4gotten loko……rip mi carnal always present en nuestro cora, pensamientos y alma homie

  9. jay says:

    years past and I still miss you..i wish my daughter hat tu now you miss you vaca…god never forgets who did bad.. plz save a place right beside you for me…

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