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Dec 23, 2009

Market vendor dies after being beaten

Story PictureThere’s another murder victim: he is a fruit and vegetable vendor who was brutally beaten at the Constitution Park on December twelfth in what was believed to be a robbery attempt. The incident left Desiderio Garcia with head injuries, a swollen face and bruises to the rib cage and he had been clinging to life in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. That is until today when he succumbed to those injuries. On the Monday following the incident, News Five spoke to Garcia’s son-in-law and co-workers from the market who told us what happened and wished him well.

George Reyes, Son-in-law of Desiderio Garcia (File: Dec 14th)
“He was coming towards the market and some guys attack him. They really hurt him bad; he’s bad in a bad condition. And I hope the police make justice for this you know because this is not right. He’s a cool man; he no mess with no one. You can ask anyone here in the market, he’s a good man. And all I have to say is to make them do some justice, you know.”

Hugo Ramirez, Vendor
“He da wah hard working man. He work wid everybody and ih helpful. He noh faas wid nobody. Its true ih like drink and so but he faas wid nobody so we surprise to hear what happen to ah. Nobody si, nobody noh know who do it.”

Dwight Palacio
“We dah hard working and help everybody you know. From his family behalf, dehn should get justice but dat wah hard because nobody noh si nothing.”

George Reyes
“He’s in a very critical condition, maybe he won’t make it but I hope he makes it, you know. You have to believe in God and trust in God.”

Garcia leaves behind fourteen children. The latest murder count now stands at ninety-three.

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