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Jun 17, 2019

A Deadly Father’s Day Attack on B&B Compound in Ladyville

Father’s Day for the Talbert family in Doublehead Cabbage was shattered on Sunday morning when they were informed of a tragic incident involving their loved one who was at work when she lost her life. Marcia Talbert, an employee of Cerebrus Security, a subsidiary of Bowen and Bowen Limited, was gravely wounded when she was fired upon by several persons who snuck onto the company’s factory in Ladyville.  Her co-worker, a fellow security guard who was also on duty that night, was also shot and he remains in a critical condition at the K.H.M.H.  Mansa Baptist was injured in the lower back, while Talbert was shot twice in the head. The motive of the deadly assault is unclear and police are following several leads in an attempt to crack their latest case. News Five’s Isani Cayetano went looking for answers today and here’s what he found.


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

A predawn ambush by armed attackers at Crystal Bottling Company on Sunday morning has left one woman dead and a colleague of hers critically injured.  Forty-one-year-old Marcia Talbert, an employee of Cerberus Security, had been working with the company for over a year and was at her post inside a security booth on the sprawling compound when she came under gunfire. Without a weapon to defend herself, Talbott was taken by surprise.  Her assailants then turned their attention to Mansa Baptist, took aim and opened fire.


ASP Alejandro Cowo, Acting Head NCIB

ASP Alejandro Cowo

“On Sunday, June sixteenth, just before four in the morning, Ladyville police visited the Coca-Cola warehouse inside of the Bowen & Bowen compound located on the BDF Road, where at the entrance of the gate, about two yards away from the gate there is a small security booth and inside of the booth police found the motionless body of a female person who was later identified as Marcia Sherie Talbert, security guard for Bowen and Bowen and about sixty feet away from her, there was another guy by the name of Mansa Baptist, also lying on the ground with apparent gunshot wounds to his body.”


According to Stephanie Talbert, she was at home on Sunday morning when she received word of her sister’s demise.


Stephanie Talber

Stephanie Talbert, Sister of Deceased

“Well about 6:30 I get wahn call saying that my sister get two shots eena di head and she died at her work spot at Bowen and Bowen office, the booth where she works.”


This morning in Doublehead Cabbage, the rural community in Belize District where Talbert is originally from, friends and family gathered to mourn her passing.


Shelma Talbert, Sister of Deceased

Shelma Talbert

“Di last time I talk to she was Saturday at the market in Belize City and we were talking and the last thing she said to me that when I di come down da Belize eena di week, mek I bring my son and she wahn buy everything fi ahn fi ih graduation and I tell ahn okay then and I tell ahn when ah di come down ah wahn call you and that was it right there.”


Little did Shelma Talbert know that it would be the last conversation she would have with her sister.  She, too, was informed of the fatal shooting incident sometime on Sunday morning.  Beyond the grief, however, is the question of why.  Why was Marsha expunged in such a cruel manner?


Stephanie Talbert

“All we know that she mi di go through wahn court case but we noh know if that have anything fi do with it.  She was going through a court case, but we noh know if dat have anything to do with it.”

Isani Cayetano

“Are you at liberty to share what that issue may have been about?  Is it a civil or a criminal matter?”


Stephanie Talbert

“No, it’s not a criminal matter.  It’s a…  Her husband died and she was the [recipient] the [recipient] of whatever he has, but they were going through court.”


This afternoon, Assistant Superintendent Alejandro Cowo shared what they have gathered thus far with the media.


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“What police believe is that whilst they were conducting their security work inside of the Bowen and Bowen compound, persons entered from behind the fence, like from the BDF camp, and as a result proceeded and fired shots at the two persons causing the death of Ms. Talbert and injuring Mr. Baptist.”


In the aftermath of the unfortunate incident, a release was issued by the company stating that neither cash nor valuables are kept at the factory compound.  There was also no sign of forced entry at the location.  Notwithstanding the family’s theory which police are also aware of, they are looking at other motives.


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“The building was checked and there is no sign of entry into any of the buildings inside of the compound and what we understand so far is that she had been recently receiving threats in regards to some dispute at work and that is one of the possible motives that we are looking at this moment.”



“Is there anything to that that she was the next of kin or the executor of an estate of a deceased person?”


ASP Alejandro Cowo

“Well yes, I am aware that her husband passed away, I think it is like three months now, and there was some dispute amongst the family member as to the estate that the man left behind as he, at the time of his death, was living with someone else and not with the deceased.  I know that they were going through some legal dispute in the court in regard to the estate that the man left behind.”


Isani Cayetano reporting for News Five.

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