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Jul 13, 2022

Heredia Family Disappointed with Outcome of Ian Blair’s Murder Case

Wendell Thurton Junior was released from custody on Tuesday, following a decision of the Supreme Court, after pleading guilty to abetment to murder and abetment to attempted murder. This is in the case of a fatal stabbing incident in January 2016 that claimed the life of thirty-seven-year-old Ian Blair. Thurton, along with two other suspects, were caught a short while after the crime was committed on Simon Lamb Street. What the family thought was an airtight case against the trio, is seemingly unraveling before the court as another suspect may not be fit to stand trial. It’s a disappointing turn of events for the Heredia family as they continue to mourn the loss of their loved one. Earlier today, News Five spoke with Amir Heredia, Blair’s eldest sibling.


Amir Heredia

Amir Heredia, Brother of Deceased

“We, as family members, we were hurt at the time when the incident happened.  And even after all those years, we still have our loved ones right in here in our heart, and now to find out that they are walking free, that makes us a bit sad because I think this judicial system in Belize has to change.  It has to…  They have to do something about it because we cannot have criminals that murder people out there walking free and then we are the ones that are going to stay with that hurt for the rest of our lives. I thought we were going to have justice because when we found out that the guys got caught like about half-an-hour after the incident and they found enough evidence on them, we said well when the time comes we will see that the judicial system will give us justice for our loved one, but now it’s showing us, showing me that that doesn’t work in Belize.  Belize is too small and I think that we should get justice.”

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