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Jul 10, 2017

San Pedranos Expand Protest Over Teen’s Death

Another round of protest as held over the weekend in the San Pedro where police have not yet been able to pin murder charges in the case of Faye Lin Cannon. The thirteen-year-old Chinese-American girl was reported dead last Monday by her own adopted parents, a U.S. couple. But there have been inconsistencies in their account of her death which was caused by sexual and physical abuse. The community on the island has been shattered by the horrific death, primarily because there were signs that not all was well with the Doehm family. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

The galvanization of residents in San Pedro Town on Saturday morning, an extension of a peaceful protest that was staged the day before, is an outward expression of anger and outrage.  The coming together of men, women and children in the wake of the tragic death of thirteen-year-old Faye Lin Cannon is a means of saying no to the alleged physical and sexual abuse of the minor and her siblings, reportedly at the hands of their adopted parents.


Shelly Arceo Hubert

Shelly Arceo Hubert, Protest Organizer

“What I know is what I saw three and half years ago.  I had a restaurant in the middle of town, that every time I would walk out a neighbor told me, and every time I would walk out I would see these children out on the street.  Like if the sun is out right now you will find them under the town board, on the side of the town board leaning on their feet.  They couldn’t lean on the wall because their family was watching them from their glass door.  That place has a glass door.  When it gets too hot in the afternoon that the sun starts hitting on that side, they go on the other side or the same thing, with their books.  They can’t sit down, they can’t stand up, they can’t lean.”


As the gathering marched calmly through the heart of town, one can’t help but think of all the telltale signs that were present.  Warnings that, as Shelly Arceo Hubert points out, were there from the beginning.


Jaime Jimenez

Jaime Jimenez, Standard 3 Teacher

“I had an incident with Faye in class.  One day I told her that I would call her dad in because she was misbehaving.  So when I did that there was an aggressiveness that came out from her, very aggressive.  She then bite my hand and I told her, let’s go, I will take you in the office and I will call your dad and she insisted not to leave the class.  Then there, I said, okay, I will not call your dad but what’s the problem.  And then was when I basically called Ms. Addy and then we called their parents in, we called them in and they just denied everything from us, everything, and that’s the last incident I had.  I don’t know if it was because of the last incident that I had there and she was already speaking out, so I don’t know if that was why they took her out from school.”


Equally shocking is the fact that on many occasions, the children were made to eat in the extreme heat at the beachfront.


Shelly Arceo Hubert

“They eat on a stump on the beach, four children.  So I notified the services from San Pedro and I notified the American embassy.  I heard that they came and they saw the fridge and the house okay, but I, as a citizen, would never make up a story like that.  As an investigator or if you are a social worker, why are you going to their house and check the refrigerator, because they put them in school, they put them in dance classes, they put them in different little things except that they did not allow them to have friends or speak to the community or speak to anybody.  So they were in jail in their own world, the four little girls.  And when I notified them, they told me that they came and see.”


It is a situation where, according to Jaime Jimenez, they had tried everything to alert the authorities, but to no avail.


Jaime Jimenez

“I knew something was wrong, I tried but was happening until now.  It‘s like it hurts, it hurts, it hurt, it hurt.”


The residents are crying out in pain and anger, and are demanding that the situation be addressed by all Belizeans.


Shelly Arceo Hubert

“I would like to invite the entire nation, look us up and get in touch with us, if we gotta walk to Belmopan we will, because it takes the power of the people to change these people or to let these people that are sitting up there, that our hard earned taxes have them there.  Don‘t come and visit us when it‘s election, because crime and death and the blood that is being spilled all over this country has no colors, no political influence.  Listen to us, listen to our cry.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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1 Response for “San Pedranos Expand Protest Over Teen’s Death”

  1. Marie says:

    Make it work, if authorities are not doing their jobs, put them on blast on radio station, TV, or stand on street corners and let the town know the truth.

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