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Sep 29, 2014

Tour Guide Recounts Shooting Death of Special Constable

Following the murder of Conorquie, Caracol has been closed indefinitely by the National Institute of Culture and History. The site is one of the most visited in the country, but the brazen, cold-blooded broad daylight murder has raised some serious security concerns. When Conorquie was shot, there was a tour in progress and tourists in the plaza. Tour Guide Luis Zaiden had taken three tourists to the site, and was in the middle of his rehearsed spiel on the ancient monument when they heard the first gunshot. He told News Five about the terrifying moments which followed.


Luis Zaiden, Tour Guide

“We hear wah gunshot. Now that mi sound unusual fu hear wah gunshot in dat area. My tourists seh well she mi think they deh kill wah snake, because at the same time they midi look fu wah snake we mi see earlier…wah jumping tommy goff weh mi deh deh. But then the second gunshot ring out bout two seconds after the first one. And then wah third one. Then I walk up. And when I walk up wah fourth one ring out and wah fifth one. And by then Mr. Conorquie mi deceased. He done mi dead. And then Mr. Monty Peck…wah officer weh put his life on the line fu we…I come right ya da this funeral just fu shake fu he hand because he mek we feel safe. He gawn and he shoot back atta di man deh and the man dey deh return fire.”



Luis Zaiden

“When you get in sight of weh happen…what exactly you see?”


Luis Zaiden

“I see three man. First da mi only two. And then two a deh run and then wah next one join in with them. They look like they mi wah go down wah lee gully. But di lee gully gat lot of trees, lot of vines and they neva feel safe fu go down deh. So they run behind what we call the B Plaza Ballcourt and from deh we just hear gunshot deh fly round the masked temple…and then Mr. Monty Peck deh shoot atta them this way. So dat da weh I see.”

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