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Sep 2, 2014

Residents of San Pedro, Columbia Still on the Hunt for Suspected Killer

Agripina Coc

There have been new developments in the murder of sixty-one year old Agripina Coc. The mother of nine children was brutally chopped to death near her home in the village of San Pedro, Columbia on Saturday. Since then, angry residents armed with sticks and machetes have combed the surrounding bushes, convinced that the killer is hiding nearby. The man they suspect is a villager who has been in trouble with the community before. The search continued today, even as a post-mortem of Agripina Coc was conducted in Belize City. Mike Rudon was at the K.H.M.H. morgue and has an update to the tragic story.


Mike Rudon, Reporting

The bloody, naked body of Agripina Coc was found in these bushes a few hundred yards from her home. She had been chopped in the head and face. Her discovery on Saturday led to an immediate manhunt for the man residents believe is her killer. And on Monday night, they took matters into their own hands, going to his family home and taking his brothers into custody. Agripina’s son Ronaldo told us the communal arrest, so to speak, was a result of frustration because residents believe the family of the suspect was helping him, even as they were hunting him.


Ronaldo Coc, Son of Deceased

Ronaldo Coc

“That happened yesterday, due to capturing him is very hard. When the villagers tried to raid a place, he got away, but finally when they looked at it they changed clothes. Then a little hour after that they find where he is again, they raid the area again and he is out again and they find another clothes. So they find out that somebody is supporting him. That is when they find out that some phone business was going on too and that’s when the village went to capture all the family yesterday.”


According to Coc, villagers have been compelled to lead the search because they know the bush, and that is where they believe the suspect is hiding. So while they understand the rule of law, they are ruled by the desire to find a killer.


Ronaldo Coc

“We understand that, but the Police are there to assist and how can you capture a man when they are just riding around the road and that man is in the bush. You will never capture that man and we know that that man has been captured once and it was the villagers who captured him and they captured him about 3 o’clock in the morning at about two miles in the bush. So as I know the police will never do those kind of work.”


The young man, who were understand is nineteen years old, is a primary suspect because he has been caught harassing women in the village, and residents even think that he has gone so far as to sexually assault some elderly women in the small community. The brutal murder of Agripina Coc has brought all their anger and resentment and fear to the forefront.


Ronaldo Coc

“To my understanding I know some couple elder people that has been sexually abused and villagers didn’t see it but rumors were there and somebody might leak that it was the person. But nobody take action until this person was going to a creek and looking to the ladies when they are bathing. And he naked himself and show himself to those ladies. Then the villagers know that he is the one. Now it comes to very suspect when this one happened it linked to those things.”


Today members of the family prepared to transport the body of Agripina Coc from the KHMH morgue, but their grief at the senseless, vicious death lies heavily on their shoulders.


Ronaldo Coc

“She was a very good mother to me she taught us to pray every evening and have devotion in the morning and evening every single day. And however hate her we love them that’s what they told us. So I say thanks to my dad and that is th only man that is helping us pass through all of this.”


There will be a wake for the much loved elder of the community tonight, and she will be laid to rest at the Mennonite church in San Pedro, Columbia on Wednesday morning. Mike Rudon reporting for News Five.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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