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Oct 8, 2018

San Ignacio Teen is Murdered Inside Temple at Cahal Pech Maya Monument

Bobby Garcia

Police are perplexed at the murder of Bobby Garcia, a nineteen-year-old resident from San Ignacio who was viciously stabbed to death over the weekend. His body was found inside the Plaza E temple at the Cahal Pech Maya Monument. Garcia’s body was shirtless and in addition to multiple stab wounds, an X was etched on his face. Garcia left home about seven on Saturday night telling his family he was going to the park. He never returned and visitors to the site, made the gruesome discovery on Sunday morning.  One person has been detained by the police. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

Bobby Garcia was murdered on Saturday night and his body discovered around eight a.m. on Sunday by visitors at Plaza E of the Cahal Pech Maya Monument. The nineteen-year-old student was shirtless and his throat had been slit. Just before four o’clock this afternoon, a post-mortem concluded that Bobby was stabbed multiple times all over his body. His older brother, Oscar Garcia, says that an ‘X’ was also carved on his face and his stomach.


Voice of: Oscar Garcia, Brother of Deceased

“He had several stab wounds and a slit to his throat that severed the air passage, I would say. He had approximately seven stab wounds meaning that whoever did it really wanted to hurt him; all over his body. On his knee, feet, on his chest, his back…his throat was slit.”


Oscar says that Bobby left home around seven p.m. on Saturday saying that he was going to the park and never returned. The family went looking for him before heading to the archaeological site where police had discovered his body. The family believes that the younger Garcia was lured to Cahal Pech and his death because he didn’t really go out at night—even more so because he was in pyjamas and it was raining.


Voice of: Oscar Garcia

“I was really curious to find who he was talking to and who was the last person who messaged him to come out, so we checked his personal laptop that he has at home that he usually records music on. We found that his Facebook was logged in and we searched and found two accounts—one as Dank Frank and one as Charlie Chung. And further looking into the accounts, the picture and whatnot, we noticed several pictures were the same on both accounts and both of them were talking about heading to the same location and taking a boom box and some snacks. And that’s how we figured it out and from there we informed the police, handed over the laptop so they can do their investigation.”


According to police, investigators are looking for two persons in connection with this latest murder in the west and confirmed that the homicide is not gang related.


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“We are seeking those two individuals who we believe can assist us in this investigation.”



“Sir, was he a gang affiliated person or are there any gang elements involved in this?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“Not that we know of.”


This afternoon, investigators and scenes of crime personnel were back on the scene at Cahal Pech. In the pan of a police pickup truck was a suspect, whose identity we will not disclose at this time. But according to Oscar Garcia, the detainee was his brother’s friend.


Voice of: Oscar Garcia

“He did consider the person a friend meaning that he would always go hang out with him, they would go to his house and I think a couple times or one time—not quite sure cause I work and I’m not always at home—he came over to my house. So I understand that the relationship was good. And I don’t know what led to the incident but something definitely is wrong within that friendship.”


Oscar says Bobby never complained of his life being threatened. Duane Moody for News Five.

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