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Dec 12, 2016

Drunk Friend Slays Yalbac Farmer with Rock in Front of Daughter

Milicio Gonzalez

Our News Five crew is just back from the west where a man was killed in Yalbac Village in the Cayo District on Sunday evening. Farmer Milicio Gonzalez was killed by a friend who bashed him in the head with a rock. The murder was witnessed by neighbours and even Gonzalez’s seven-year-old daughter watched on. Both men were drinking earlier that day and police say that it is that alcohol that played a part in this latest homicide. The man is on the run and police are asking anyone with information on his whereabouts to please come forward. News Five went west today to get the details in this latest murder. Andrea Polanco spoke with the family. Here’s that story:


Maria Isabel Toj, Common-law-Wife

“Mommy, look at Max. What is he doing to Dad? What is he doing, she was asking me. So, I asked her what is he doing? And she said, ‘mommy, mommy, he is throwing rocks at my dad. Please, mom, hurry and come see.” My little seven year old girl reached to see her father after me and she started crying and saying, “Daddy please don’t die. Please daddy, please.”


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Those are the words of a terrified little girl – as retold by her mother – the child shouted for her mom as she watched her father being bashed in the head with rocks. Minutes later she watched in horror as her father died in front of her.It happened along this road in Yalbac Village – after six on Sunday evening. Milicio “Mexicano” Gonzalez was walking in the village when he was attacked by a man he knew. His common-law-wife Maria Isabel Toj ran to see what was happening and she was also physically attacked.


Maria Isabel Toj

Maria Isabel Toj, Common-law-Wife

“When I went out to look, I saw Max picked up a rock and let it fall on top of my husband. So, I ran down to see and I asked him, Max what are you doing? I stayed standing down there on the grass on the side of the road and he said to me only you left, you are the last one left for me to kill. I said to him again, Max, what are you going to do?  And that is when he grabbed me and hit me two times and held me in my hair. I screamed and that is when he let me go and left me to fall on the ground.”


But there wasn’t much that Toj was able to do to help Gonzalez. She ran over to him, but she said that he was already badly injured – probably dead.


Maria Isabel Toj

“When I got up, I ran to where he was. He was covered in blood – there was blood all over. He was dead. I think he was dead already. I couldn’t touch him to see if he was breathing, but from the loud screams I imagined he was dead already. So, I cried and called for help from my neighbours and called out to my daughter.”


Toj says she is in disbelief because the men were friendly with each other. Earlier that day, the man, known to the family as Maximiliano Williams ate lunch with Gonzalez and his family around midday here at the farm house where Gonzalez is the caretaker.

Maximiliano Williams

The men started drinking together and when Gonzalez had enough he informed Williams that he didn’t want any more liquor. But Williams didn’t take the news well from his drinking buddy and he proceeded to use threatening words towards the family. He eventually left the house around four-thirty earlier that evening. He returned a second time and made wild allegations that Toj and Gonzalez wanted to kill him but that he would get them first.


Maria Isabel Toj

“He was a good person with everyone. We are all friends there. We are like neighbours who live close by and we all meet up. Sometimes someone cooks and invite us and we would cook and invite everyone over. We are all close. So, the guy was at my house to ask my husband to help them with some work. We offered him lunch and he ate. He sat there drinking with my husband. He started saying crazy things and I asked him to stop because he was saying these things in front of my three little girls and those things are not true. He said to me, you and el Mexicano want to kill me. I told him go home and rest. He said, “Ok I will go before someone kills me.” And he left running and went home.”


Richard Rosado

But Max would return later that evening before six and made similar allegations to Gonzalez shortly before he killed him. He was seen walking away casually from the crime scene. At this time police are looking for him and believe he is somewhere in Orange Walk. They say they don’t know the motive but believe alcohol was a contributing factor.


Supt. Richard Rosado, O.C., Cayo Police Formation

“We have sent out a poster of the person, along with a picture and we have informed all the formations in the districts and the border points.”


Andrea Polanco

“There were witnesses you say?”


Supt. Richard Rosado

“Yes, ma’am. We have recorded statements already.”


Andrea Polanco

“And you’re positive that this man that police are looking for is the killer?”


Supt. Richard Rosado

“We do believe that we have enough evidential material for a successful prosecution of the individual.”


Andrea Polanco

“Are you looking at if perhaps this is someone maybe who will cross the border and leave because he has committed a crime?”


Supt. Richard Rosado

“As far as we know now he is still within the area and is heading towards Orange Walk.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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