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Apr 1, 2019

Murder in Armenia; B.D.F. Volunteer Chopped to Death

Hermelindo Ical

A B.D.F. volunteer was found dead the morning around six-thirty on the Hummingbird Highway. The thirty-year-old had been chopped to death and left on the roadside in Armenia. Police say some monies, a cell-phone and the man’s documents were retrieved from the scene. Just prior to his murder, Hermelindo Ical was enjoying a night out with friends at the village bar. He left the bar and returned, but the established had closed. Ical’s body was discovered hours later by a villager. News Five’s Andrea Polanco headed west and found out that two men have been detained, but no motive has been established.


Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Thirty-year-old B.D.F. Volunteer Hermelindo Ical was found chopped to death on the side of a road in Armenia Village. A villager came across the body early this morning and by six-thirty residents had gathered around as Belmopan Police processed the scene. The news of the murder shocked many in the community, including Evangelisto Chiac.


 Evangelisto Chiac, Uncle of Deceased

“Mr. Ical is family to my wife. He always come and called me uncle. We socialized together.”


Andrea Polanco

“Were you surprised to hear that he was killed?”


Evangelisto Chiac

“I was surprised. I really get shocked because that is part of my family.”


Ical was last seen alive around nine-thirty on Sunday night. Hours before his murder, Ical and a group of friends were drinking here at Chiac’s business ‘Maya Secret Bar’ in Armenia Village. According to Chiac, everything went smoothly among the men. The friends departed from the bar first and then Ical left afterwards sometime after eight-thirty. But Chiac says that Ical returned after an hour or so but the gate to his business was already closed so he turned him away and he left walking alone down this road.


Evangelisto Chiac

“Yesterday he came he came with a group of three, four with him. They were already high so when they came in they asked me permission if they could sit down there and they buy a round of beer. After that a next friend of his wanted to music fi mek he dance and they were already high. After that the bwai gone and the others said that they gwein. And they gone.”


Evangelisto Chiac

Andrea Polanco

“So only Hermelindo stayed behind?”


Evangelisto Chiac

“Aha. He stayed behind and he deh right deh and then he gone.”


Andrea Polanco

“This is around eight-thirty more or less?”


Evangelisto Chiac

“Around more or less because I neva really the check the time to see who coming in and out. But he wasn’t really staggering. He gone this way and say he going to see a friend. I nuh di cover fi nobody. If it happened then I wah haffi call police immediately. But there was no fighting or thing.”


Andrea Polanco

“No argument or so?”


Evangelisto Chiac

“No. Nothing. No argument. When he turned back, I nuh really know what time but the gate mi done closed. He hail me and I tell he I done close. He asked me to drop him and I tell him I can’t; that I can’t move because the gate done lock. He said okay then I gwein and he tek this street down.”


ACP Joseph Myvett shares that from their investigation they also found out that Ical was drinking with some friends. At this time while police don’t have a motive for the murder they have detained two persons.


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“So, far police knows that the deceased along with two male persons were socializing at a bar in the village. And the last time he was seen alive was around nine-thirty last night. At this time, we are following several leads. We have two persons in custody who we are questioning in relation to the investigation.”


Residents in the village say that when Ical was under the influence of alcohol he would become verbally abusive in public. Chiac says he has no idea why Ical was killed but that Ical has told him first-hand how he likes to fight.


Evangelisto Chiac

“To be honest with you, around two weeks ago he said that he like fight inna this village. I nuh know who dah his enemies. So, that is why I tell him chill out, relax and take care of his job; straighten up himself and stop drink. But you know, he said he nuh mind.”


Andrea Polanco

“Do you know if he is the type, who, when under the influence of alcohol would insult people in public?”


Evangelisto Chiac

“Well that is what he told me because he likes to fight. He nuh care.”


Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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