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Sep 18, 2020

Tombs Damaged at Lord Ridge

This morning, a report of an exposed casket at the Lord Ridge Cemetery was widely shared across Facebook. The report was that the tomb was damaged from an accident and was causing a stench in the area. While the information suggested that a body was exposed, when we spoke with Councilor in charge of Public Health and Cemetery Delthrude Hylton, she flatly denied those claims. Hylton told us that a vehicle crashed into the cemetery on Sunday and damaged three of the tombs – but that it didn’t cause a stench and neither was a body exposed.  The city council workers were doing the repairs this morning, but Hylton says that the person who was in the accident will be the one to cover the costs. Here’s how she explains what transpired.


Delthrude Hylton, Councilor in Charge of Public Health & Cemetery, Belize City Council

“It was three old graves, real old graves; nothing was there to be exposed. There was no coffin, no casket, nothing exposing. So, we realized it was something that we don’t have to do for that same day. And mainly the stuff that was broken was mainly bricks and so forth and they were set in that same area. It just broke and collapsed right there in that area. So, nothing had exposure.”


Delthrude Hylton

Andrea Polanco

“And so the reports about neighbours smelling a stench in the area – you would say that’s not true?”


Delthrude Hylton

“That’s not true. I was here Sunday and Monday and I came here yesterday because I am on it because I want to know that what we are doing is securing these things to be put back together and we don’t have any problem. Remember we are from public health as well, if there was a smell there it would have fallen back on us and we would have had to find a way to deal with it.”


Andrea Polanco

“So, now talk to us about what the city council is doing to address that – and where does that person come in who was involved in that accident. Does he take any sort of responsibility?”


Delthrude Hylton

“Yes. He does take responsibility. He came in here about two days after the incident and gave his name and contact information. He is now aware of what the cause is going to be and he will know what to pay back to the council for the materials that they used to rebuild the grave. It is the guys who work here who are rebuilding back those tombs. The only reason it hasn’t been done since Monday is because we had several funerals that they had to do. And it is the same guys who build those tombs and finish off the funeral are the same ones who have to do the tomb again.  If we had anything exposed, then it would have been an emergency for us to do it the same day for people to get in here and get the work done. Nothing was there exposed and so with that we know that we had time to play on to get these work done.”

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