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Aug 5, 2021

Double Murder near St. Margaret’s Village

Jose Bolon & David Murillo

There has been a shocking murder on a rural road in the Cayo District. Jose Bolon and David Murillo left home Wednesday evening, but today both families received the sad news that the friends had been found dead, side by side on the route they frequently used to go fishing.  The motive for the killing is unclear. News Five’s Paul Lopez travelled to the area and filed this report.


Paul Lopez, Reporting

The lifeless bodies of Jose Bolon and David Murillo were discovered just twenty meters from the spot where Valley of Peace Farmer Vicente Orellano was fatally shot on June twenty-third. Unlike Orellano who was robbed and killed while on his way to buy produce in a nearby community, according to Bolon’s wife, he and Murillo had gone fishing on Wednesday night. They never came home.


Amanda Quischan, Wife of Jose Bolon

“I was expecting him to come home early because he had to go to work this morning. I get up like about three-thirty this morning to fix his lunch. It’s so sad; I felt at that moment something was wrong. I couldn’t really say something was wrong. I felt something was wrong.”


Bolon was found lying next to Murillo and both men appear to have been shot. Beside them were two bicycles and four bags of ginger. As Juan Bustillos told us, his step-father and Bolon were close friends.


Voice of: Juan Bustillos, Stepson of David Murillo

“I think its people that don’t like him, or I’m not sure why he get killed.  When he wants to have a couple beers, he just go to the Chiney, buy it, bring it here, drink it himself. Sometimes, the same guy that was killed, they drink together here. And, everywhere they were always together, so he had a good relationship with the other guy.”


The Chairman of the village told News Five that recently there have been reports of thefts at ginger farms. And while this may be one angle police will investigate, the location where Bolon’s body was discovered is only a few minutes ride from his home, across a shallow stream. He and Murillo traversed this road often on their fishing trips.


Amanda Quischan

Amanda Quischan

“I was in my hammock downstairs when David’s wife came. I called her at first and asked her if David’s wife had come home. She didn’t pick up her phone, her daughter in law picked up her phone and she said no that David hasn’t come home as yet. That is when I feel it so strange that he, both of them isn’t home. Later after that I lied down in my hammock. David wife came to me and said they found two bodies back there. So I didn’t put my mind that it was them. So, she went home and come back with the news that she said yes it was them, that they had been shot.”


Bolon was his family’s sole breadwinner. He leaves behind four children; the youngest is only three years old. Murillo leaves behind his stepson to provide for the family.


Juan Bustillos

“They were going to fish every day, coming out. They work together. And like how they get together, they die together.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Paul Lopez.

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