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Oct 15, 2019

San Lazaro Villager Slain and Found Hours Later in Shallow Grave

Basis Haziel Samir Diaz

In San Lazaro, Orange Walk, a search party followed a blood trail and made a gruesome discovery in a shallow grave off a sugar road on Sunday morning. They found the body of Basis Haziel Samir Diaz, four hours after they set out looking for him. Haziel, as he is popularly known, was murdered sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning; his body was face down and a garbage bag covered his head and torso. The motive for the killing is under investigation as Dalila Ical found out. Hipolito Novelo and Ical worked on this story.


Hipolito Novelo, Reporting

Basis Samir Diaz was brutally killed sometime between Saturday night and very early on Sunday morning, and his body disposed of in a shallow grave at the edge of a cane field in the outskirts of San Lazaro Village. But his killer or killers were not thorough and left a trail that led to Diaz’s body just hours after he was slain.

The thirty-three-year-old, we are told, would normally socialize within the village until very late, many times until the wee hours of the next morning, but he would always return home. However, after he left home last Saturday, he never returned. Juan De Dios Moguel, Secretary of the San Lazaro Neighborhood Watch, was part of the team that searched for him.


Voice of: Juan De Dios Moguel, Secretary, San Lazaro Neighborhood Watch 

“He did not appear home at three o’clock in the morning and by 6:30, 7, they called all their relatives and cousins with whom he was hanging out the day before and none of them had seen or heard of Haziel since the day before around 6:30 in the evening. And that’s when the family became more aware and his sister started to patrol around the village to ask and inquire if they had seen her brother earlier and nobody had seen him. So happens that she remembered some of the areas that he normally takes every day. She went by on the outskirts of the village and it was the intuition of a sister and she observed parts of the cane field on the sidewalk that was mashed and some of the leaves had blood. So she entered the nearby cane field and then she saw a pool of blood and started screaming. And that’s when the neighbours came out and asked what is happening. And she started to shout that she things that blood is for her brother. That’s when the neighbourhood watch was alerted and the members called each other and we came out.”


By around seven o’clock on Sunday morning, a search party was formed and began combing the immediate area, following a trail of blood that led further up a sugar road. The police were called in and soon joined the search.


Voice of: Juan De Dios Moguel

“They started to follow the blood and it reached a point that the blood stopped. Upon that, they entered the nearby bush and the first thing that they found was the wheelbarrow with blood. So we asked them not to touch it and move from the area until the police comesbecause the police was searching in another area. And that was the first one and we continued searching the area and that’s when the other group members found the shovel and a hoe around the nearby sugar road with a green shirt full of blood. That’s when we decided that means that the body is not far from here.”


By this time several more villagers, men and women had joined the search. A member of the group looked in an area off another sugar road and that is where Diaz’s body was found.


Voice of: Juan De Dios Moguel

“It was a shallow grave but apparently the people who did it uprooted the grass and left it on one side while they were digging and they buried the young man and just planted the grass again on top of shallow grave like if nothing. By that time he called the police and he called certain members of the neighborhood and that time the police was coming on their way. That’s when they asked the people to leave the area and they started investigating. when they start to dig, indeed it was a human body that was in there.”


Diaz was facedown and a large garbage bag covered his head and torso.  Moguel says he was stabbed numerous times and his throat was slit.

By the time he was found, it was about ten o’clock in the morning. It took villagers and family members just about four hours to locate him.

We are told that Diaz had not tell his family where he was going on Saturday when he left his house or with whom. But the family moved quickly when he did not show up because his sister last saw him with people she did not know between five and six o’clock on Saturday evening.


Voice of: Juan De Dios Moguel

“According to his sister, she last seen him with a group of young men drinking on the end of the village, the end of the village which is on the other side of the village, right. His sister was coming to visit his mom, her mom and that was when she actually saw him with the group of friends. But, nothing strange or anything. The only thing she mentions is that the three young men that he was hanging with are not from the village. They are not from the village and she doesn’t recognize them and that is what actually, you know, triggered her to go out and search for her brother the following day early in the morning.”


The family was not at home when we visited the village, but we understand that they have their suspicions. However, no one is really sure why he was killed.


Voice of: Juan De Dios Moguel

“According to the family they have suspects. They have suspects. Allegations of who they might think it is at this point”


Dalila Ical

“And why?”


“The motive, well like i mentioned to you. The young man is well known by the law and so there could be many, many factors towards it.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.

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