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Sep 15, 2014

Guatemalan national is chopped to death – his head almost decapitated

Pedro Ariel Diaz

Turning to crime news. Three men were murdered over the weekend, in San Pedro, Belize City and in Cayo District. Early on Sunday morning, a Spanish Lookout resident was killed in a most brutal fashion. Pedro Ariel Diaz, a thirty-four year old Guatemalan national, was chopped to death; his head was partially severed. Diaz’s body was found less than a mile from his house in the area of Duck Run Three, Spanish Lookout.  Diaz was last seen riding a motorcycle with two other men who police are questioning. The motive for the murder has not been ascertained; his wife says she has no clue of who wanted her husband dead. Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

San Ignacio police are investigating the murder of a Guatemalan national living in Belize for the past five years. Thirty-four year old Pedro Ariel Diaz Guien was murdered and his body dumped on the side of a road just outside the Duck Run Three area in Spanish Lookout. Sometime around four a.m. on Sunday, Diaz’s body was found with the head almost decapitated.


ASP Dinsdale Thompson, OC, San Ignacio Police Formation

Dinsdale Thompson

“We received a call from Spanish Lookout area, Duck Run Three, where the caller said that there was a Hispanic descent individual lying what appeared to be dead in the Emerald Trail, Duck Run Three, Spanish Lookout, Cayo District. Upon arrival out at the scene, Duane what we found was that there was indeed a Guatemalan, thirty-four year old.  Our preliminary investigation is showing that Mister Diaz was indeed along with other company who then sometime around midnight took him home on motorcycle. After they had left him home, we are still investigating and trying to ascertain what went on and led to the death of Mister Diaz at this present moment. We do have two individuals in custody which we believe can assist us with our investigation that is presently going on.”


His wife, Ana Cecilia Diaz, was notified of the murder two hours later, at six a.m.  She walked from their house to the scene to identify him; her worst fear was soon realized. Ana Cecilia says she last spoke with her husband on Saturday evening when he left home to go socialize.


Ana Cecilia Diaz

Ana Cecilia Diaz, Wide of Murder Victim (Translated)

“On Saturday at around three p.m., he told me that he was going out. He left, but he never returned. He never told me with whom he was going and he left alone. We don’t have any vehicle so he went alone. Even though I was told that he was dead, I didn’t believe it. As I walked towards the scene, from a distance I saw that it was his clothes and I started feeling sick. And then as I reached closer, I felt like I couldn’t go more but I had to because I am his wife. When I saw what they did to him, it broke my heart.”


Police currently have two persons detained for questioning, but have not ascertained a motive or have they been able to come up on the murder weapon used to partially severe Pedro’s head.


ASP Dinsdale Thompson

“That we are still looking at, Duane. We have not yet confirmed whether or not this altercation that is alleged to have occurred. However, we have investigators at this present moment on the scene. We are canvassing the areas, trying to ascertain and pick up all the connected dots to see what really went on to have led to the death of Mister Diaz at this present moment.”


Ana Cecilia Diaz (Translated)

“I have no idea who could kill someone like this…that is so cold and hurtful. It is inexplicable because when I saw him, only god gave me the strength to go and identify my husband. I only ask God to have mercy on the persons that did this to him.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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