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Mar 2, 2020

The Choco Family says Ministry nor B.D.F informed them of son’s death

The mother of deceased pilot Radford Baizar said on Friday that the family didn’t get an official word from the Ministry nor the B.D.F. that the pilot had perished. The family found out about his demise on social media, though at Friday’s press conference last Thursday, the Ministry said that the families were informed. Tonight, another family has come forward to say that they didn’t know that their son was missing nor that he was found dead until it showed up on Facebook. Seventy-two hours later, the family says that they have not had an official word from the Belize Defence Force nor the Ministry.  Silvana Choco , mother of crew man Reinaldo Choco, says that the only information she received from any law enforcement body were a couple words from a police officer but that happened around seven on Friday night; at that time the country had already known of the air disaster. Here’s the candid words from Silvana Choco who resides in Big Falls, Toledo.

 

Reporter

“Can you tell us, how did you receive the information about the death of your son?”

 

Silvana Choco, Mother of Reinaldo Choco

Silvana Choco

“Through Facebook I get the information.”

 

Reporter

“When was this that you got this information through Facebook?”

 

Silvana Choco

“Friday about eleven-thirty.”

 

Reporter

“So, no one from Department, from the Ministry of National Security, the B.D.F, called or contacted you about this?”

 

Silvana Choco

“No. Nobody. Nobody. We nuh know. Dah wah shock I get when my son-in-law come and he check the Facebook and he tell me that wah helicopter crashed and his gial hurry to say that I hope dah nuh my bredda. And I said, no man, I don’t want to hear that because my son’s birthday was on Sunday.”

 

Reporter

“When you confirmed the information – how was it confirmed? Was it by the B.D.F or any personnel of family or friends?”

 

Silvana Choco

“My uncle come and he received the news but I don’t know how he received it. And then it was until Friday in the evening around five o’clock, aha about seven in the evening, Sargeant Pop or Mister Pop or how they call him came to drop the words and tell me sorry about weh gone on. He said that your son passed away. Only he come and nobody else. Still, up to now, I nuh see nobody.”

 

Reporter

“So, any information about how your son died?”

 

Silvana Choco

“No. He didn’t tell me anything. He only told me that my son passed away but he didn’t tell me how. But we had already heard it through the news and Facebook.”

 

Reporter

“So, no clarification so far?”

 

Silvana Choco

“No. We nuh know how he died or the cause of his death.”

 

Reporter

“What do you think at this moment?”

 

Silvana Choco

“I want to find out why and how my son died. And why they nuh report it because I heard that they left from the camp at two in the morning and when they said it on the news that it was at four.”


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