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Dec 9, 2002

Fatal accidents, suicides mar weekend

A twenty year old farmer is dead following a drunken brawl at the Mayan King Farm in the Stann Creek District. Authorities say around 6:30 on Friday evening, Jairo Lopez was allegedly under the influence of alcohol when he got into a misunderstanding with an unidentified man. During the discord, the man chopped Lopez several times to the right side of his face and neck. Lopez was rushed to Southern Regional Hospital, but died on arrival. Police say at this time they have been unable to identify, let alone detain Lopez’s killer.

While police in the Stann Creek District are still looking for one killer, authorities in Cayo claim to have captured another. Three men have been arrested and charged in connection with the murder of forty-four year old Shipyard farmer Jacobo Elias. Forty-one year old Alfred Neal of Santa Elena and twenty-three year old Marvin Mejia of Unitedville have been charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to commit robbery, while thirty-three year old Jesus Quetzal of Guinea Grass Village in the Orange Walk District has been charged with conspiracy to commit theft. Police say they are looking for one more person, who has been identified as Leonides Vanagas. Elias shot to death on Thursday near Camalote Village where he went to purchase some farm equipment.

In San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, alcohol is the suspected factor in an accidental death. Police say they discovered the body of twenty-nine year old Amado Mayen Garcia lying on the beach about two miles north of San Pedro Town. Investigations reveal that Mayen, a resident of San Pedro, was apparently intoxicated when he was seen riding his bicycle on the beach. Mayen is suspected to have then rode into a seawall, fatally hitting his head on the concrete. The police are asking anyone who is a relative or acquaintance of Mayen, to contact the nearest police station. Mayen’s body was transported to the K.H.M.H. where it awaits a post mortem examination.

Early this morning, a seventy-seven year old man lost his life after he was knocked down on the Northern Highway. Benito Cal was riding his bicycle near San Roman Village around 6:20 a.m. when he was hit by a vehicle being driven by fifty-three year old Austin Crawford of Orange Walk. Cal was rushed to Corozal Hospital, but died shortly after being admitted. Crawford has been detained pending further investigations.

In a grim footnote to the deaths already mentioned, police also report that there were three apparent suicides over the weekend. A Ladyville woman, an elderly man from Santa Cruz, Toledo and an Orange Walk teen all took their own lives in unrelated incidents.


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