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Jan 31, 2011

Man charged with murder killed on border of Belize and Guatemala

Efrain Santiago

It is the close of January and so far there have been seven murders for this month, statistically it is one more than last January. While the victim is from the San Martin area of Belmopan, his body was found all the way near Arenal, the famous village that separates Belize and Guatemala. It is an area that is fraught with danger because bandits are known to operate there. Efrain Santiago left home Friday morning, the precise time and motive of his murder are not clear and both Belize and Guatemalan police are collaborating to solve Santiago’s murder. And according to records, On Tuesday, twenty-sixth January, 2010, Benque Viejo Police arrested and charged wanted murderer Efrain Santiago aka Payin,  for the murder of  Felix Enrique Martinez of Santa Cruz Area, Benque Viejo Town which occurred on December eighth, 2008. According to Police, his body was found faced down about twelfth feet from the Belize Guatemala Border and was identified by officers because of the tattoos on his back. News Five’s Jose Sanchez reports.

Jose Sanchez, Reporting

This house on Chile Street in the San Martin area of Belmopan was the residence of twenty-five year old Efrain Santiago. But far from the capital, in Arenal Village on the Guatemalan border, Santiago was murdered, shot twice to the neck. Benque Viejo Police Formation is handling the case on the Belize side of the border.

ralph moody

Supt. Ralph Moody, Officer in Charge, Benque Police Formation

“Well on Friday night at about 6:40 pm, the Arenal Police received information of a body within the Arenal Village noh. They went out and they saw the lifeless body of a male person. They then returned back to the police station where they called the Benque Viejo Police Station. The Benque Viejo police Station personnel then responded to the report. On arrival we saw a lifeless body on the ground. That is near to the Guatemalan/Belizean border. It’s a male person known as Efrain Santiago, Belizean laborer of Belmopan City. The area was processed and the body was later transported to the San Ignacio morgue.”

The motive for the murder and the reason he was in Arenal are still not known.

Supt. Ralph Moody

“I don’t know what he was doing over there and I don’t want to speculate, but he has the right to freedom of movements—he can go wherever he wish to.”

Jose Sanchez

“Because of the location, Arenal-Guatemala, is there any cooperation between Benque police and Guatemala police?”

Supt. Ralph Moody

“We do have a very good working relation. We continue to work along with each other and support each other.”

Jose Sanchez

“Are there any leads at this time?”

Supt. Ralph Moody

“Not really, we are investigating into this matter at this moment.”

Jose Sanchez

“In terms of family members have they come to identify or say anything about Efrain?”

Supt. Ralph Moody

“Well we contacted the family member already and we told them the time as to the postmortem and as such. So we already contacted them.”

According to Santiago’s Chile Street neighbors, he is the second brother to lose his life in six months.  Reporting for News Five, Jose Sanchez.

When his body was recovered, Santiago was wearing black shorts and black rubber boots. Results of the post mortem will be known later this week.

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7 Responses for “Man charged with murder killed on border of Belize and Guatemala”

  1. BZNinCALI says:

    Our courts failed, the streets took care of business. Another unsolmed murder.

  2. islander says:

    Good Riddance!

  3. Robert says:

    How does a FUGITIVE MURDERER have “his rights of freedom of movement.” What a stupid officer to say that! The man was SUPPOSED to be in prison! No freedom of movement for killers!

    I wonder what his business was, and what was his relationship with the police, to be left alone to live like that while he was a fugitive.

  4. LongtimeBelmopaneze says:

    I’d just like to point out that a while back I had commented on the situation where this guy’s brother died when the people he was attacking in their home in Belmopan were defending themselves. That was the incident with the guys from the bakery who were previously being constantly harassed by this guy, his brother and their friends. At the time, i had pointed out that the story was only half told and that there was so much more to the story. Well, this seems to be (hopefully) the final chapter!

    At the time his mom and family were making a lot of noise about how its so unfair and how they wanted justice. and as much as I understand that she may be in pain for the loss of another child, at the same time, I think about the pain and hurt these 2 guys and their friends caused the families of the 3 people he killed as well as the many others they have physically hurt over the years! In the “bakery” story last year, these guys were portrayed as being innocent when in fact they were the antagonists.

    Well, now the second one is gone. Hopefully now the people in that particular neighborhood in San Martin, Belmopan will be able to sleep in peace and not have to be constantly looking over their shoulders in terror anymore! Without any remorse, I say good riddance, you will not be missed, Efrain!

    Live by the sword, die by the sword!

  5. Female Tattoos says:

    Good day : )
    Why women and men (society generally) still pre-judge people who have tats. girls especially?
    I’m a twenty six year old F, have got 11 tats, lots of which cannot be noticed on my everyday travels. 5 – 6 in the summer are pretty much constantly on display. I don’t aim for notice and i also have a loving boyfriend WITH NO TATTOOS .I get the impression that a majority of people think that tattooed people are blind, as we get stared at, even if we return a glance many people carry on staring. When will society change?

  6. Orlando says:

    to female tattoos:

    You are either stupid or playing the fool. Tattoos are not seen as art here but as a sign of criminally minded people. You can hurt yourself and you won’t care to hurt others. It is rebellion to our God, if you are a christian.

  7. El Spider says:

    only god is worthy of taking away a soul, regardless of what efrain did he didnt deserved to die like the way he did may god take you to haven efrain santiago…but im sure and certain that who ever did this crime will pay the same price and it will be death as well…and i hope i watch him die as well…the worms will eat you and you will go to hell for eternity…evil spirits will follow you and torment your life as long as you live which wont be long because the demons are awaiting for you on the other side…said and done hahahaha

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