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Dec 19, 2016

Family wonders why their son was killed by close friend in Belmopan

Freddy Cerrito

On Friday evening around five thirty a man was killed by his close friend. It happened in the San Martin community in Belmopan. The men got into an argument and one pulled out a knife and stabbed the other several times. While the exact nature of the conversation they were having is not known, what we do know is that the suspect is on the run and tonight Belmopan Police are looking for Honduran born Hovard Felipe Martinez. Andrea Polanco was in Belmopan today and she has more on this murder:


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Freddy Cerritos, a mason of San Martin Belmopan was inside this house on Guyana Street with two friends when an argument started between Freddy and one of the men. It ended with Cerritos stabbed multiple times. He died shortly after at the Western Regional Hospital. His mother saw him about an hour before. He was here under this shed with friends and family laughing and joking. He told her he was going to see his friends:


Teresa Castillo, Mother of Deceased

Teresa Castillo

“It was on Friday that he was right here at home just talking. He wasn’t drinking. He was here just joking with me and his sisters. It was more or less like 4:30 close to 5 that he left home and about an hour later they came to tell me that they stabbed him. But I thought it was maybe a small thing. I didn’t take it seriously. I thought it was something minor so I didn’t worry. His brother came later that night to tell me that he was going to see him. He told me that he saw him and he was screaming. He couldn’t breathe and he died there in front of him. He came to tell me. But he wasn’t drunk or anything to cause problems or so. I just got the news that he was dead.”


After he stabbed Cerritos, this man Hovard Felipe Martinez got into a vehicle and left. He is described as a close friend of Cerritos and well known to his family. So, it came as shock that he pulled a knife and on Cerritos and killed him. The family denied that Cerritos was drinking, but were told that all three men were allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

Teresa Castillo

“That house is where he would usually go to visit his friend. I am not sure what they were doing there that day. Some people say that they were eating and others say that they were smoking cigarettes. I don’t know. They were good friends. They have always been together. They went to school. I don’t know what was said and what caused him to pull a knife and do that. They say it was a knife this big and that he stabbed him once and then he ran out to other friends and he followed them and that is where he finished him. They say the neighbours just stood on and watched him get killed. They didn’t do anything. I don’t know why. Maybe they were scared to intervene and that the guy would turn on him. But they say that he was stabbed eight times- he gave him eight I think to kill him.”



Teresa Castillo says the pain of losing her son, especially at the hands of one of his close friends is unimaginable. He is described as a quiet and fun loving person who only had a few friends he would go out with.


Teresa Castillo

“It is a pain that that I can’t imagine. He is my fifth son and we have never had this kind of pain until now. We are all feeling it- especially how it happened – the kind of death he had with his friend involved. We are all in pain. It is a big loss for us from the youngest to the oldest.”


Andrea Polanco reporting for News Five.

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