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May 13, 2019

A Fight between 2 Teenagers in Corozal Town Ends in Fatal Stabbing

Ana Villanueva

The life of a young woman who had her own share of misfortune was cut short in Corozal on Sunday night. Nineteen-year-old Ana Villanueva was visiting with a friend when she became embroiled in a fight with another young woman who lives nearby and with whom she had a conflict. It is said that the teenager who knifed Anna to death had threatened her minutes before and returned with the deadly weapon, which was retrieved by police by the end of the night. Police have detained another teen, Zennia Armstrong, for Anna’s killing. News Five’s Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

A girl on girl fight in Corozal Town ended with the stabbing death of nineteen-year-old Ana Villanueva. The teenage woman was visiting with a friend on Fourth Street North when another teen, with whom she had conflict, passed by with her baby and threatened to harm Villanueva. The accused, nineteen-year-old Zennia Armstrong, returned minutes later after which a fight ensued. A knife was then introduced in the fight and used to stab Villanueva once to the chest. The entire ordeal unfolded in front of Villanueva’s friend, who recounted what happened.


Voice of: Friend of Deceased

“The gial pass and ih tell ahn tonight I wah dawg yo out. If yo go home, I wah dawg yo out. Anna come back to me and tell me yo know, she tired ah people just di give she hell ina life. Gial I tired ah she di tell me thing; do me thing. So I tell ahn yo know what, noh stain yo hand with dehn kinda gial.  Lef dah gial lone; me and she done gone through something. Lef she lone. All weh she wah do dah bite you. All weh she ready fi do dah haul wah knife because she do it to me.  Me and she ketch ina fight fi di same thing – provocation.”


Villanueva’s friend says that she too had issues previously with the suspect, who lives about four houses down on Fourth Street North. Even though the attack on Anna was premeditated, she says she pleaded with Armstrong to go home and leave them alone, but that did not happen.


Voice of: Friend of Deceased

“She come back. She reach by the lane, Anna get hype up and I tell Anna, “No, sit down back.” Anna sit down back. She come and I hold Anna hand, I hold Anna hand. Anna mi got two beer pint ina ih hand and I tell ahn, “Anna noh do it, noh do it. Lef ahn lone.” Fine, Zeyna tell me, hand to hand. And I tell ahn me and you dah noh friend. So noh come talk to me like me and you dah friend. Fine. After that, she punch Anna. I tell Anna noh do it, lef ahn lone. Bam! Anna fight with me! She dig me and I tell Anna no. Fighting start, I mi di try defend them. I mi di scream somebody please help me move them off each other. I see blood pan di next gial so I say Anna di bleed. Anna di bleed. So now me and she nearly fight but something tell me go check pan Anna and when I gone check pan Anna, Anna di sit down can’t catch ih breath, can’t move. She drop. I check and I di see blood and I say make I check more weh part ih deh when I see the stab by round ih heart.”


Frightened, she hopped on to a bicycle and hurried to the police station. By the time she returned to the area, Villanueva laid dead on the dirt road.


Zennia Armstrong

Voice of: Friend of Deceased

“I grab a bike and ride gone by police station. Wait, wait, wait for police. Police noh come. Wait. I say make I come back come check pan Anna. Nobody noh deh outside with Anna. Anna deh outside by ihself on the ground, no breathing, nothing. And I run inside, I hail my sister. Anna deh pan di ground; dehn just stab Anna.”


ACP Joseph Myvett, Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch

“Sometime around eleven-forty-five p.m., police were called to an area on Tenth Avenue and Fourth Street North responding to a stabbing incident where upon arrival they observed a dark complexion female lying on the side of the street apparently motionless. Her name was later learnt to be Anna Villanueva, nineteen years old.  So far, Zennia Armstrong, who is the accused, is in police custody and police have since recovered one knife from the area of the scene.”


ACP Joseph Myvett says that investigators continue to receive information on this latest homicide and believe that alcohol was a factor in the stabbing murder.


Joseph Myvett

ACP Joseph Myvett

“We believe that alcohol was certainly a factor in this incident.”


Andrea Polanco

“Sir is there a history of dispute between these two women?”


ACP Joseph Myvett

“None reported. That was also reported to the police that there have been previous incidents between both parties, however, no official report was made in that regard.”


Villanueva was the valedictorian for 2018 graduating class from Ladyville Technical High School and was an aspiring nurse, but her life was cut short. It’s a very emotional time for the family and friends of Villanueva because the family has been grappling with a series of misfortunes.


Voice of: Friend of Deceased

“Anna mi di go through a lot ina life. Ih ma house just burn down. Ih sister dehn ina hospital; social tek weh ih other sister. Ih mi di work dah casino and the same gial weh do the thing send wah application dah casino and fi make Anna noh deh ina trouble, Anna lef ih job. Ih say dehn just bax di food out of ih mouth.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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