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Jul 15, 2010

Glenford Matura loses second son to violence

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The stabbing death of eighteen year old Anthony Matura comes as another striking blow to Glensford Matura Sr., whose other son Glenford Jr. was killed on Euphrates Avenue in Belize City on March tenth.  A few months later his best friend Wilfred Peters died of natural causes and today another of his children this time the one closest to him was killed in Ladyville.

Isani Cayetano

Mr. Matura a few months ago you lost a son in a senseless killing on Euphrates Avenue, this is the second of your sons in a couple months. Can you explain to us the feelings, the emotions that are going through you at this point having lost two sons within a year?

Glenford Matura Sr., Father of Anthony Matura

“Ih just real painful that you know fi lost one son, whey o tink ah two son? Just cya understand weh di happen mein. i nuh know weh di go on wid deh youth deh just di kill up wan anotha. People son di dead everyday, yo know, just dat ih happen eena my family dis time; but everybody go through dis same grief and pain mein, yo know.”

Isani Cayetano

How did you receive the news of your son’s stabbing?

Glenford Matura Sr.,

“I jus receive wah call fra ih granny seh dat deh stab my son and ih deh lay down pon di ground. And I get wah next call wah couple minutes afta dat weh seh ih dead.”

Isani Cayetano

When was the last time you saw him or spoke with him ?

Glenford Matura Sr.,

“Dis maaning , I bring ah down dis maaning wid me dah Belize  and he just gaan up by ihself and I nuh know nothing else afta dat. I nuh know nuttin else afta dat weh happen really.”

Isani Cayetano

What was your last conversation with him like;  In terms of father to son on the way from Ladyville?

Glenford Matura Sr.,

“Same ting wi talk bout dis ting bout how ih haf to change ih life. We always di talk bout weh di happen wid di youth deh and how deh di kill up wan anotha suh. I wouldn’t want tings  like dat di happen to he suh , so ih jus need fu watch who ih heng wid ah so and he does nuh ansa me no serious kinda way cuz I nuh tink ih mi eena no gang or anything at all. Ih dah nuh somebody. Ih always eena mi house every night. I nuh si nobady come di cause no problem dah my house seka he. So I cuda neva, dis wan yah haad fi know that dis happen to ah. I wuda neva believe this wuda happen to he.”

Isani Cayetano

Tell us a bit about him, in terms of personality and maybe his company as well.

Glenford Matura Sr.,

“Di only company he kip dah we home right deh suh. Ih bredda and sista deh. Wi live tugeda wi have wi own problem.”

No arrest has been made in this latest murder.

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4 Responses for “Glenford Matura loses second son to violence”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    No parent should have to bury their child, let alone two children. Where are the nosy neighbors when we need them? Just about every family in Belize has been touched by this senseless violence & while I am not advocating becoming judge, jury & executioner, if we cannot police ourselves & control these murderous thugs, we have to find a way to get them out of our communities for good.

  2. maddyvandijk says:

    ladyville seem to be turning into a madman village as well.

    Although this may be quite a heavy burden for any parent to carry, I am still confused over the conversation between father and son on the bus. The father continued to say that he told his son that he had to change his life, what does that mean really.

    sounds like an old beef to me.

    R.I.P .

  3. Elgin Martinez says:

    We Belizeans are a bunch of cowards,we can’t even come together to defeat these criminals.No wonder they keep doing thesame BS.

  4. BZNinCALI says:

    20+ years ago in a small town in Missouri, the residents were being terrorized by a bully & his offsprings. In the middle of the day in the heart of town, the head was taken out. Every resident who was present when the shots were fired, was under the pool table, they saw nothing. The joke was that had to be the biggest pool table in the world. What the townspeople gained was the right to no longer live in fear.

    The father was aware of his son’s shortfalls but having watched with utter frustration the insolence of some of our youth & their inability to feel any human emotion outside of anger, he was wasting his breath. It was too late. God is thinning the herd.

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