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Sep 2, 2021

Social Worker Dies in RTA

Brenda Guerra

A social worker employed with the Human Development Department branch office in San Ignacio is dead after the vehicle she was traveling in careened off the George Price Highway and into the Mopan River on Wednesday evening. It happened between miles seventy-two and seventy-three.  Police say Brenda Guerra was sitting in the front passenger seat of a Ford Escape driven by her common-law husband, Edwin Panti when he lost control of the vehicle and plunged into the water. Panti managed to take Guerra out of the vehicle and get her to the riverside where he tried to resuscitate her, but couldn’t. She was pronounced dead less than an hour later.  Police have since taken blood samples from Panti to determine if alcohol intoxication was a factor in this tragedy.  Today, C.E.O. in the Ministry of Human Development, Tanya Santos-Neal shared that Guerra’s death has left her colleagues shocked and that the ministry has provided counseling for them.


Tanya Santos-Neal

Tanya Santos-Neal, C.E.O., Ministry of Human Development

“She provided important service to the Department, to the Ministry and to the community of San Ignacio and the wider Cayo district as well, so heartfelt condolences to all who love her and knew her well. What we have done – we have already sent in counselors here today to be with the staff to discuss with them and have them talk out their feelings. We came here today with the staff to show support for them and we’ll be visiting with the family as well to show our support and lend a listening ear as well and we must always remember that social workers and people in this field of human development are also human beings and also go through the same emotions as everyone else does. Although we do have mechanisms of coping, we do also experience the same life situations so we do also require the support when the time comes.”


Santos-Neal visited Guerra’s family today where she conveyed condolences to the family on behalf of Minister Dolores Balderamos-Garcia and Minister of State, Elvia Vega-Samos.

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