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Jan 2, 2015

OW Man Stabbed 42 Times

Miguel Medina

There were two murders in less than twenty-four hours of each other at the start of the New Year celebrations. As Belizeans across the country prepared to say goodbye to 2014, there was a homicide in Orange Walk Town around six p.m. on Wednesday. Hours later, a woman would be shot and killed at a popular resort in Teakettle Village. We start tonight’s newscast with the murder of fifty-one year old Miguel Medina in Orange Walk. This, along with the murder of Felix Castillo Carranza in Dangriga, brings the official murder count to one hundred and twenty-three with Orange Walk adding eight to that total. Medina was killed as he reportedly slept at a friend’s house on Fonseca Street; they were all socializing earlier prior to the murder in which he was stabbed as many as forty-two times to the stomach, upper body and head. New Five’s Duane Moody reports from Orange Walk Town as investigators continue to put together the pieces of the puzzle in the final homicide for 2014.


Duane Moody, Reporting

The year 2014 ended with a brutal murder in the Orange Walk District. Fifty-one year old Miguel Medina, a resident of Guyana Street, was stabbed a total of forty-two times to the stomach, chest, neck, face, arms and back as he slept on a sponge inside a concrete structure belonging to his friend, Rodrigo Ayuso. The dwelling on Fonseca Street, approximately two blocks from where Medina lived, is where the deceased would routinely be socializing and drinking; that is until around six-fifty p.m. on New Year’s Eve when he met his untimely death.


Selvyn Tillett

ASP Selvyn Tillett, Deputy O.C., Orange Walk Police

“Acting upon information received, police visited Fonseca Street in Orange Walk Town; the residence of one Rodrigo Ayuso, where in the house, they saw the body of a male Hispanic person motionless. This body had multiple stab wounds. It had to the stomach, left and right side of chest, left side of neck, both hands as well as to his back. The body was identified as one Miguel Moises Medina, fifty-one years of Guyana Street, Orange Walk Town.”


Medina’s niece, Judith Novelo, says the family was notified moments after the incident occurred.


Judith Novelo, Niece of Murder Victim

“I was told that something happened to him and when I got the second call it was that they stabbed him, but I thought it was only one stab. It is very devastating. When we came to see and find out what it is, it is forty-two stabs.”


Duane Moody

“We understand that he was killed at one of his really good friend’s house. What’s going through your head? How that could have happened?”


Judith Novelo

Judith Novelo

“Well he is a person who likes to hang out with his friends on weekends and after work. He is a very responsible man but he has a habit maybe like how all of us have a habit. And he was there socializing with his friends and I understand something happened early in the morning and late in the evening, they did what they did with him…they stabbed him up.”


Duane Moody

“So it is one of his own friends that did it?”


Judith Novelo

“Yes, accordingly it’s one of them who were socializing or two of them…I’m not sure how many. I’m not sure.”


Investigations have since revealed that Medina was stabbed following a misunderstanding with one of the persons he was socializing.


ASP Selvyn Tillett

“Sometime around six p.m., Medina was drinking strong rum with some others and a misunderstanding ensued resulting in him being stabbed. Police investigating so far…we have two persons detained so far into this incident.”


Duane Moody

“These persons were all friends that were hanging out there?”


ASP Selvyn Tillett

“Well that’s the way it seems; they were drinking together. They were drinking and there was a misunderstanding resulting in this unfortunate stabbing.”


Duane Moody

“The murder weapon used…has investigation been able to ascertain what that item was and has it been recovered?”


ASP Selvyn Tillett

“At this moment we cannot say, but I know he had received a total of forty-two stabs.”


Two persons of interests have since been detained in connection with this homicide. Duane Moody for News Five.


A post mortem was conducted today on the body of Medina and he will be laid to rest on Saturday at four p.m. in Orange Walk. 

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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3 Responses for “OW Man Stabbed 42 Times”

  1. Rod says:

    Here we go already 2 murders and it’s only the first day of the new year people my people when are you going to hold this corrupt incompetent pm and gov accountable for all the deaths in this country are belizeans just cowards or are you just plain duncy that you can’t do this which ask this question channel 5.

  2. Spike says:

    Wow! Forty two stabs. I certainly hope Mr. Medina is now dead enough to satisfy his killers.

  3. Steve D says:

    Another example of booze & weapons not mixing. Tragically sad…

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