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Jul 3, 2014

Zenaida Moya says her brother was murdered

Michael ‘Spam’ Moya

Former Belize City Mayor Zenaida Moya and her family are grieving the death of her brother whom she believes was viciously attacked a week ago near the Conch Shell Bay Fish Market.  Michael ‘Spam’ Moya passed away on Saturday, after reportedly receiving injuries to the chest, following an alleged altercation with a fisherman in the area.  While the incident did not make it onto the daily police report, a post mortem examination has revealed that Moya died as a result of cardiac tamponade syndrome as a consequence of heart injury.  The family believes that his death was due to blunt trauma to the chest.  According to Moya, police have given their assurances that the matter will be treated as a homicide investigation since her sibling confessed to their mother the details of what transpired between him and the individual in question.


Zenaida Moya, Sister of Deceased

“He said, “if anything happens to me this is what transpired” and he informed her that he had, he was by Conch Shell Bay Fish Market and he went over to this, it’s like a green shop where this guy Jaime Bennett operates from and he went over and he had asked Jaime for work, you know, because my brother cleans fish and I think the guy also probably sells fish or something like that and he said that whatever transpired he was hit repeatedly with this stick but it was like fiberglass, right to his heart and apparently it was like four times because particular eyewitnesses informed that it was around four times and when he was in front of my mother his left, the left side of his chest was already swollen and according to my mother, something was sticking out from his chest.  And, you know, my mother tried to take care of him but, you know, he died early Saturday morning.”


Isani Cayetano

“He died at home or was he at the hospital at the time?”


Zenaida Moya

Zenaida Moya

“No, no.  Apparently he was not at the hospital.  Apparently from what I was informed, I wasn’t here on Saturday but what I was informed, I believe he died right by, you know, I think he died right by Conch Shell Bay, you know.  He collapsed, he collapsed in front of some of his friends, you know.”


Isani Cayetano

“Taking the information that he shared with your mother regarding the incident that happened at Conch Shell Bay, what have you done as a family to either forward this information to the police department and have a formal investigation take place?”


Zenaida Moya

“Well my mother, I had asked my mother subsequently, you know, if she was, if police had spoken with her and I believe that she did inform that she had informed them what happened.  She had told the police what happened but however, when I heard that the police blotter had said that Michael’s post mortem was saying that he died of a blunt object injury, you know, however, that police had not looked at it as foul play, I was surprised because I was informed that my mom had given a statement.  So of course I did investigate the matter and that’s what they informed me, you know, they informed me that the matter be would be moved up to murder you know.  So they would be reclassifying it and they would be investigating it as murder.”


According to Operation Commander of Precinct One Inspector Jorge Villanueva, they are looking for one individual for questioning.

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