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Mar 4, 2020

Grieving Wife Not Satisfied with BDF Silent Treatment

Jasmin Choco

The Belize Defense Force has come under fire for the manner in which it handled the notification of the families of the deceased airmen.  As with Jean Baizar, who lost a son in the fatal helicopter crash, Jasmin Choco also found out about the accident that claimed her husband’s life on social media.  That was after twenty-four hours of desperately trying to make contact with him by phone.  According to the grieving wife, no one reached out to her from the B.D.F. to inform her of Corporal Reynaldo Choco’s demise. She says that it was her persistence in trying to reach her husband that resulted in her finding out about the tragic incident on Facebook. The military, she maintains, has failed all four families.  She recounts a conversation with a fellow B.D.F. colleague who answered her husband’s phone sometime around eleven p.m. on the night of February twenty-seventh.


Jasmin Choco, Wife of Deceased

“He told me that four of them had gone on that flight and that they were still up waiting for the helicopter to reach.  From there I didn’t hear anything until the next morning. I text my husband again in hopes that he had reached, but it was the same as the day before.  No answers from him.  I tried to get in contact with some of his coworkers and they told me that they hadn’t reached as yet.  So I was very worried about my husband because it was already twenty-four hours and I hadn’t known anything about him.  That day I still got up, got ready to go to school, right inside the classroom it was when I received a call.  The call was from my brother-in-law and he asked me if I had received any news, if I had seen any news.  I wasn’t aware of anything as yet, just that he told me that all that he saw on social media that a helicopter has crashed.  I knew that my husband was in there because I had gotten the information from his coworkers.  I immediately called to his phone number again.  Somebody answered the phone and they asked for my number. Nobody called me.”

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