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Sep 14, 2011

Honduran allegedly kills Guatemalan on farm in Stann Creek

Belize recorded its latest murder in the Stann Creek Valley. The long list is inching closer to a hundred.  Around nine-thirty this morning, three Central American nationals were hanging out on a farm in Hope Creek where they work. A quarrel started between two of the men and ended with the murder of Anival Lopez. The front of the farmhouse was awash with blood and the alleged perpetrator has since fled the scene. News Five’s Andrea Polanco reports on the year’s first murder in the valley. We warn viewers that scenes are graphic.

Andrea Polanco, Reporitng

Pools of blood accumulated and the air was thick with the stench of the life that drained out of the body of thirty nine year old Guatemalan Anival Lopez. It is here, on this farm at mile ten on the Stann Creek Valley Road that Lopez was hacked to death with a machete allegedly by forty-four year old Honduran, Lucio Perez. Blood marred the walls of this farmhouse and one of Lopez’s slippers filled with coagulated blood lie on the ground among rubble. Another worker on the farm said he would usually be there at the time but he was working when he got the bad news:

Voice of: Fellow worker

“I always come yah six o’clock right but we mi di work way back yonder and then the man weh sleep cross yonder dah he gone tell we yonder. Ih say that the next man weh live yah, chop off dis next one head. Then when we come check the man mi deh een deh but ih lock the door. We only check fah through the window and then we call the police and deh come and deh open the door and pull ah out deh.”

And when the door was opened to this room, the worker and police were greeted by a gruesome sight:

Julio Valdez, Officer in Charge, Dangriga

“On arrival the police observed a male Hispanic person lying in a pool of blood with a chopped wound to the left side of his neck.”

Voice of: Fellow Worker

“Ih mi have emm wah cut fah yah suh to way yah suh up to wah piece ah ih ears mi deh right deh.”

Andrea Polanco

“And wah lotta blood as well?”

Voice of: Fellow Worker

“Yeah wah lotta blood.”

Aurora Reyes

But Lopez and Perez along with another man, who have been working on this farm no longer than a month, were friends and would usually hang out together. The neighbors say these bottles are from the last drink they had together here on the steps when the argument started. They speculate about what caused the murder of one of their own:

Aurora Reyes, Neighbor

“Aha, trabajaba en la finca, they work on the farm only that.”

Andrea Polanco

“So it seems they were drinking?”

Aurora Reyes

“Yes, lotta drinking every Friday, the pay every Friday.”

Julio Valdez

Andrea Polanco

“So they drink together?”

Aurora Reyes

“Mhmm. Yesterday drink it, Friday drink it. Yesterday no work and they drink it. Last night ih have problems.”

Voice of: Fellow worker

“I think the man mi di sit down out deh because deh mi di drinks, deh still have the wine yonder pon the door. Deh mi di drink out deh I think the man mi di sit down deh and then the next one cause dis one yah mi like act like gay, ih mi like tell sweet words to the next man. I think this next one get angry and chop ff his head.”

Today we discovered the other workers power washing the room that Lopez locked himself in after he was chopped. They had to bury the clothing that was drenched in blood. But Perez has since made his escape and is on the run:

Andrea Polanco

Lucio Perez

“So the person who inflicted the chop wounds, he is still on the run?”

Julio Valdez, Officer in Charge, Dangriga

“At this point in time yes he is on the run but we are aware of who he is and we are looking for him.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Andrea Polanco.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Lucio Perez, you are asked to call the nearest police station.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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8 Responses for “Honduran allegedly kills Guatemalan on farm in Stann Creek”

  1. Storm says:

    With so much unemployment here, why do we have to import workers from other countries?

    And with so many murderers here, why do we have to import more killers? Isn’t Belize already dangerous enough, without bringing in foreign criminals?

    Anyway, equal justice for all. Catch him, try him, HANG HIM.

  2. I Have Awaken says:

    these people truly are savages.

  3. LUCIO PEREZ says:

    There is no other “thing” as import workers” Work have to be done at the banana farms and who is willing to do it? The Guatemalans, Hondurans, etc. Most Belizeans want easy jobs behind a desk and driving fancy GOB vehicles. At the city of belize, they don,t want to work, just thief is behind their minds.

  4. abi says:

    There is no unemployment in Belize, but only people not willing to work.

  5. Elgin Martinez says:

    The Guatemalans and Hondurans are employed and Belizeans crying about unemployment,get the F out of here?

  6. Mark says:

    Belizeans don’t want to work,, last night for the third time they entered my vehicle stationed in my carport… they walk up and down all day.. and want the easy money. money i work for! so chill brother!

  7. Ram says:

    I agree with Storm, is nothing a bout racial but, I remember when was a teenager, we walk at Belmopan any time at night especially when we have events at the convencion Center,no problems. I miss those times, now not any more, I imigrate to USA to educate more and join the law enforcement when I came back to protect my Country and my people and like Storm said JUSTICE FOR ALL. I hope I can get me a job when I come back home for good, and share my skills with others officers to serve and protect with respect.

  8. Fred says:

    i strongly agree wid lucio!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he mek wa strng pint!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! u c all d piple a bze…wa easy job!!!!!!!!!!!! dem gt job but we lazy …….so oda piple weh wa wrk dem cum fu mek wa livin……. but da nuh fu we fault if nytin hapen……………deh risk dem life so….

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