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Oct 1, 2020

Placencia Village Council to Work with Police to Keep Community Safe

Ilsa Villanueva

The peninsula is generally known to be a safe haven and crime is generally only sporadic. As word of the murder of George Murphy spread, it sent shock waves throughout the community and residents began questioning their sense of security. Chairlady of the Placencia Village Council, Ilsa Villanueva says that it is a sad day in the village and the community will be working with the police.


Ilsa Villanueva, Chairlady, Placencia Village Council

“It’s not the first murder in Placencia; there was one, years aback and there were several. But last night, hearing it was like oh my gosh, not us because we have always been known as a very peaceful village. But as the future goes, developing and everybody wants to be here, it doesn’t matter whatever status you are in society, you want to come to Placencia and these things happen. We are not extra special, but we want to be extra special and we don’t want these things to happen. But as I said, we have to expect it. All we need to do now is to be cautious in how we move forward by working with the police department, by working with our neighbours, even by trying to reach out to people who you know are going that criminal way or however you see it. Reach out to them and help them and see maybe just one good word would help them. It is a sad day in the village; that guy has family down here so we are feeling it, I know him. But this time, we just need to make sure that we straighten up what’s happening here and as Belize reopened today, it is not a nice day especially of this tourist destination to have that happen to us. And so we will move very careful from now on and I suggest that all our villagers work. You have a responsibility to yourself, to this village, to this nation so let us work together with the police department.”

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