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Apr 29, 2019

A Belizean is One of Four Men Murdered in Mexico

Hakeem Arzu

Twenty-seven-year-old Hakeem Arzu, a Belizean who relocated to Mexico with his wife, was one of four men who were tortured and killed in Playa del Carmen over the weekend.  Arzu, who is originally from Punta Gorda, reportedly left home on Friday night and was not seen or heard from until the discovery of the bullet riddled and mutilated bodies in that Mexican municipality.  According to Arzu’s uncle whom we spoke with by phone, he may have been in the company of his colleagues from work when they were fatally attacked.  Ray Arzu recalls receiving a text message informing him of his nephew’s demise.

 

On the Phone: Ray Arzu, Uncle of Deceased

“All ah we know that the man get shot.  I mi deh da caye and I get wahn text.  He mi gaan with ih wife and the man mi just got wahn newborn baby.  He gaan out deh gaan live with ih wife.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Did the police or anyone over there relay that message to you?”

 

On the Phone: Ray Arzu

“No sir, maybe dehn deal wid, dehn mussi mi talk to ih ma but I neva… All I know I get wahn call from dehn di seh dat mi nephew get shot.  I know my nephew da wahn quiet lee bally mein.  Bwai ih haad, everybody di tek it right now.  First one outta fu we family mein.  I think dehn suppose to mi call fi he ma but I noh know what da di information weh dehn give fu he ma.  Dehn mi seh di man gaan from Friday and dehn neva come home back.  Ih mi gaan out da wahn party and neva come home back.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Is your nephew perhaps the troublesome type or is he a quiet person?”

 

On the Phone: Ray Arzu

“No.  He quiet, he noh talk, in fact he noh even like talk.  My nephew da noh wahn troublesome person man, I think dehn just chance my nephew mein.  I think di man mi just deh da di wrong place at di wrong time with di wrong set a company.  That da weh I think.  Di man da wahn friendly person.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“He was killed along with three other persons, correct?”

 

On the Phone: Ray Arzu

“Yes sir.”

 

Isani Cayetano

“Do you guys know any of these individuals that he was killed with?”

 

On the Phone: Ray Arzu

“No sir.  Dehn deh da mussi fi he friend weh he meet when he gaan out deh.  According to weh I hyah da ih workers dehn, people weh he work with.  Dehn just  my nephew mein.”


Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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