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Dec 7, 2018

1 Woman Fatally Shot, Another Seriously Injured

Brenda Castellanos & Jennis August

A mother of a two-year-old is dead tonight and another woman is hospitalized following a shooting in Santa Elena, Cayo on Thursday night. Brenda Castellanos, who was carrying the toddler in her arms, was fatally shot while Jennis August received three gunshot wounds. The women were inside their yard on Bishop Martin High School Street when a gunman pounced on them, releasing a barrage of bullets in their direction. Castellanos died later that night at the Western Regional Hospital, while August remains hospitalized. The family has been left perplexed as to why anyone would want to hurt the women. News Five’s Hipolito Novelo was in Santa Elena today looking for answers. 


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Twenty- five-year-old Brenda Castellanos and her landlady thirty-five-year-old Jennis August were inside this yard on Bishop Martin Street. An unknown gunned man entered the property through the rear, pulled out a firearm and released a barrage of bullets in their direction before escaping through a neighbor’s yard.


Javier Castellanos, Uncle of Brenda Castellanos

“Several shots were fired. From what I’ve heard ten to eleven empty cases were found near the location.”


Castellanos was shot to the chest and left ankle. She died at the Western Regional Hospital after being transported from the San Ignacio Community Hospital. August was shot three times to the chest. One of the bullets caused serious damage to her ribcage and is in a stable condition. Castellanos had her son with when the gunman attacked.


Javier Castellanos

“From what I was certain than my niece had her two year old son in her hand.”


Hipolito Novelo

“In her arm, holding while..?”


Javier Castellanos

Javier Castellanos

“Yes and when the shooting start she attempted to shield the baby.”


Hipolito Novelo

“But the baby was unhurt?”


Javier Castellanos

“The baby is unhurt. Luckily the baby was unhurt.”  


Two other minors were in the yard when bullets were sprayed at the unsuspecting women and fortunately escaped unhurt. The family is left tonight wondering what triggered the gunman to shoot at the two women.


Javier Castellanos

“I do not know why anyone would attack two women and especially in their case one is fatal and the other is injured. Why would they fire upon two of them?”


But what the family knows is that they want justice.


Javier Castellanos

“We would want to see justice definitely. Why her? Why would someone attack two women? It is definitely not the action of a female. That is the action of a male. That person who did it, that person is a coward.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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