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May 24, 2022

A Second Person Detained for Elderly Man’s Murder

Daniel Castellanos

A post mortem examination on the body of seventy-nine-year-old Daniel Castellanos, a resident of Belmopan, certifies that he died of hypovolemic shock due to internal hemorrhage caused by multiple perforating gunshot wounds. But while it is clear how the elderly man died, police are still trying to zero in on who, exactly, shot and killed him. In connection with this, they have detained a second person for the Saturday morning murder, which took place at Castellanos’ Garza Street address which he shares with his ten children. The second suspect, according to our police sources, is a friend of one of Castellanos’ sons. The deceased had been inside his room when someone banged on the door just after twelve that morning and he got up and opened the door, chiding the person. That was when he was reportedly shot, but the nearby surveillance camera did not capture the incident, nor did any of Castellanos’ family members see who shot him. Police had initially detained one of his sons, but that was based on someone’s claim – an allegation that Castellanos’ son later told the media was retracted by the person who made the claim. Luis Castellanos explained that everyone is left in shock over an incident that should have never happened.


Luis Castellanos

Luis Castellanos, Son of Deceased

“Ih tell me da mi one ah my bredda, then we get a next information that she di seh she mek that up, dah nuhsoh. Soh we stay confused; we nuh know weh fi believe right now.”


Marion Ali

“Was there ever a time when the accused brother and him had a problem?”


Luis Castellanos

“Well like a son, he da like – nuh really like that. Da just wa lee railing up like “Ah tell yoh something and you get vex”, just get vex with ah and just goh. Yoh could seh he – I does watch he – I never see he knock my pa and I never see he cuss my pa. I just hear and soh but I can’t believe wehdehn tell me. And the one weh does stay with he the most. He does stay with my pa whole day eena da room soh we surprise right now, everybody deh like eenawa shock.”


Police had indicated that the brother would be released yesterday, but up to news time, there was no indication whether he had been re-detained.

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