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Aug 23, 2021

Double Murder and Suicide: A Police Officer and Her Daughter are Killed

Arilee Young & Sherana Cardenas

Family and friends of thirty-seven-year-old Arilee Young were shocked on Saturday morning when they woke up to the news that the well-known police officer and her daughter, a sixth-form student at SJCJC, had been shot to death inside their apartment on Fourth Street in Belize City.  The grisly discovery followed a phone call to police earlier that morning informing them that shots had been fired sometime after three a.m.  What the neighbors failed to do was tell the responding officers where the gunshots came from.  It wasn’t until several hours later that someone from a security company would discover that something had gone terribly wrong inside the house.  When police entered the building, they discovered the lifeless bodies of Young, seventeen-year-old Sherana Cardenas and twenty-six-year-old Robert Glenford Perriott.  Inside Perriott’s hand was a firearm that is the property of Technical Security Systems.  It is believed that the security guard killed his girlfriend and her daughter, before taking his own life.  News Five’s Isani Cayetano has our first story.


Robert Glenford Perriott

Tanisha Young, Aunt of Deceased

“She da wahn honor roll student, yoh undastand, and ih mi love ih lee sista and thing.  Nothing… She di study eena di chair, ih look like ih drop asleep eena di chair because she always di study.  She only want A’s.”


Isani Cayetano, Reporting

Her dream of someday becoming a Supreme Court justice has been dashed.  All that is left are memories of seventeen-year-old Sherana Cardenas and her mother on the day she graduated from high school.  They were both shot and killed inside the upper flat of an apartment they were renting on Fourth Street.  Their alleged killer then turned the murder weapon on himself.


Fitzroy Yearwood

ASP Fitzroy Yearwood, Communications Director, Belize Police Department

“Sometime around seven, we received another call of an apparent murder/suicide.  When officers forced their way into the residence at number fifteen Fourth Street, King’s Park, they saw police officer Arilee Young in the living room area on the floor with [an] apparent gunshot wound to the body.  In the sofa, they saw Sherana Cardenas, her daughter, with apparent gunshot to the body and Robert Glenford Perriott was seen seated in a smaller chair with a weapon in his hand with a gunshot [wound] to the body also.”


It is unclear what precipitated the deadly incident.  What is known is that Perriott, an employee of Technical Security Systems, was on duty that night and reportedly left his post.  Moments later, multiple gunshots were heard in the dead of night.  Ornelda Gordon was at home reading the Bible when she received the heartbreaking news.


Ornelda Gordon

Ornelda Gordon, Mother of Deceased

“I got up that morning and did my usual routine, read my bible, then I went to sit down.  I opened my phone and then I noticed that my daughter texted me like 2:38 a.m. and I said, “Oh my, Arilee text and I never returned her text.”  So I told my other daughter, I said I’ll give her a call.  As I was about to dial her, my other daughter called me and said, “Mom, you know Sherana and Arilee get shot. I said, “What?”


Neighbors reported hearing gunshots that night and alerted the police.  The responding officers did not observe anything suspicious on their initial patrol.  According to Assistant Superintendent Fitzroy Yearwood, the neighbors fell short of providing the exact location of the shooting.


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

“The officers said, no one came out to the police.  They were trying to establish where the shots were heard or which location it was heard.  If they knew the exact location, why didn’t they call back the police and give an address?  Logical.  One, they did not alert the police that morning.  On the contrary, it was one person that visited that location, looked through a window and called for the police.”


In contrast to what is being said, Gordon maintains that the couple never engaged in domestic violence.


Ornelda Gordon

“When we heard that, it was a surprise to us because the guy was a quiet guy, he’s always helpful.  He and my daughter dehn neva di… they weren’t fighting a lot or none at all.  I never knew of any fight between any of them, you know.  Anything she asked for, I saw he did it for her.”


Isani Cayetano

“How do you feel about or towards your former brother-in-law, that such a thing like this could have happened?”


Tanisha Young

Tanisha Young

“I noh have no feelings when ih come towards he, like ah noh hate him… I call ahn Thursday night and tell ahn Glen, what yoh wahn give me fu mi birthday?  Because two a dehn mi di talk, dehn mi di laugh and talk Thursday night and my birthday da mi Friday, yoh undastand.  Dehn mi di laugh and talk.”


But something happened that triggered Perriott to take the lives of his girlfriend and her teenage daughter.


ASP Fitzroy Yearwood

“We are still recording statements with regards to his movement.  We know that, one: he should have been on duty at that time because yes, he’s a security guard, but for some reason he went back home.  We do not know if an argument ensued or what took place when he went back home, but yes, the weapon belonged to the company that he worked with.”


Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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