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Apr 6, 2021

Deadly Easter Sunday for Gracie Rock Family

Venecia Staine

It was an Easter Sunday filled not with joy but grief for the Staines in Gracie Rock Village.  News Five’s Paul Lopez reports on an unexpected and shocking loss of Venecia Staine’s life.

 

Paul Lopez, Reporting

The family’s farm is situated on the east side of the Sibun River and is accessible only by canoe. This is where Kalia Staine found herself in the middle of a deadly scuffle between her aunt Venecia, and Lianie Davis the common law wife of her uncle Kenroy.  She was too distraught to appear on camera today.

 

Kalia Staine, Niece of Deceased

“This whole thing start when time she come from over by the house weh part she the stay. My Aunty the stand up by the door and she bounced against my Aunty. So my Aunty asked if she nuh have no manners. And so, they start to back and forth een deh. I sit down right close to deh, and I nuh move. I just listen to them because I nuh think ih mih wah get outta hand, so I stay right deh suh. Then I see she push my aunty out through the door. And that dah when she got the first stab by ih neck. And dah suh I run gawn deh suh fuh try tek weh the knife. But she still mih the fight”

 

According to Kalia, her grandfather intervened with a machete, giving her and her grandmother a chance to remove a gravely wounded Venecia. Family members scattered across the property arrived to render aid, hoping to get their loved one to paramedics in time to save her life.

 

Kalia Staine

“My cousin and me help back ah down fuh ker ah cross.”

 

Paul Lopez

“Place her in the canoe and took her across the river?”

 

Kalia Staine

“Yes”

 

Paul Lopez

“While this was happening, was she still breathing, or did it appear as if she had already passed away?”

Kalia Staine

“She still mih the breath, she stop breath when time she mih the ovah deh the look fuh guh cross.”

 

Venecia had been living on Antelope Street Extension in Belize City with her sister Beverly and had not visited home for the past two years. She had come to spend Easter weekend with her mother.

 

Beverly Staine, Sister of Deceased

Beverly Staine

“Venecia come home over fuh enjoy himself, nuh come mek no problem with nobody. Knowing that this mih ah be my sister last.  I can’t even guh eena my house. You know weh I do fuh sleep? I had to pick up my sister pillow hug it up, just fuh smell ah. I can’t sleep.”

 

Venecia’s brother, Kenroy Staine is now left to mourn the loss of his sister, and the detention of his common law wife, all while caring for his five months old son. Beverly Staine says that while she had repeatedly warned her brother about his common law’s ill treatment towards the family, the death of her sister will not drive a wedge between them and their brother.

 

Beverly Staine

“I dah the oldest sister. So I tell all my sister them, sis this dah nuh the time for it. My brother Kenroy the mourn like we. We nuh want no problem, we wah talk to mih bredda normal and we wah get along. He come we hug ah up and talk to ah. He the blame ihself for what happened. He seh, sis if I mih only listen to you. I tell him, Kenroy I sih this mih the come and I the tell you something bad wah happen. This young gial nuh in fuh none ah we, ih ah destroy we. But, it take to lose a sister to find that out.”

Reporting for News 5 I am Paul Lopez.


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