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Mar 13, 2012

Father/Husband murdered while parting a fight

Cristobal Santos

Prior to the murder of David Hernandez, in Orange Walk Town a twenty-four year old man was stabbed while attempting to break up a fight early on Friday night on the San Antonio Road. Cristobal Santos managed to make it back to his home but soon succumbed to the injuries to his abdomen.  Police have detained one suspect who was seen riding Santos’ bicycle after the murder. News Five’s Isani Cayetano reports.

Isani Cayetano, Reporting

What should have been a night of celebration for twenty-four year old Cristobal Santos has instead resulted in a fatal stabbing incident at the start of the holiday weekend.  The father of two, an avid supporter of the People’s United Party, left his home on San Antonio Road on Friday night to attend a victory rally for his area representative.  While there Santos called his wife Diana to join him at the festivity.

Diana Santos, Wife of Deceased

“He text me that how he mi gaan da P.U.P. party weh dehn mi di have da park.  So he tell me fi mek I could go find ahn and then I tell ahn no.  Well I just gwein go buy tacos, if you wahn tell me hi well hi.  Then I gaan but I neva find ahn right deh because ih mi got wah lotta people and then I come back.”

Diana returned home shortly before eight o’clock to put her children to bed.  Minutes later her blood-soaked husband appeared at the gate of their residence.

Diana Santos

Diana Santos

“Like ‘round 7:50 he hail me ‘round mi gate and ih tell mi Diana open di door but hurry.  And then when I open di door he dropped pan di doorstep and I tell ahn da weh di happen.  I stay paralyzed and I neva mi coul do nothing.  And when I see he begin to tremble and ih cross ih eyes too and then afterwards I hurry gaan talk to mi neighbor fu mek he ker mi husband right deh da hospital because he get stabbed.”

According to Acting Police Press Officer Raphael Martinez, Santos was wounded while attempting to part a fight.

Raphael Martinez, Acting Police Press Officer

Raphael Martinez

“Police were actually called to the San Antonio Road area in Orange Walk where they saw one Cristobal Santos, twenty-four years old, suffering from a stab wound to the lower part of his abdomen.  Initial investigations revealed that just around 11:40 the same night Cristobal Santos tried to intervene in what seemed to be a domestic dispute when he received his injury.”

Santos was initially transported to the Northern Regional Hospital before being transferred to Belize City for further medical attention but he would not survive the ordeal.

Diana Santos

“I mih gaan si ahn and he didn’t look that well and I told my mom that he will not survive it this time and I told him not to leave us because he has two kids to mind but he didn’t wait for me.”

Orange Walk Police, upon being alerted by Santos’ wife, have since made an arrest in the weekend stabbing.

Diana Santos

“This morning I saw, I was going to do some [errands], go to the Social Security [Board] to do some papers and then I saw the boy with his bike and I hurry gaan call the police that he deh right deh and they took him and he is at prison right now.”

Raphael Martinez

“At this time we have one person in custody, his name is Trinidad Leiva who has been charged with murder in connection with this incident.”

Reporting for News Five, I am Isani Cayetano.

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4 Responses for “Father/Husband murdered while parting a fight”

  1. David says:

    Somewhere in the Bible it is said; “Blessed are the peace makers,” but, the Bible did not tell us that many people will ‘see their God right away’ (killed) in carrying out this exercise!

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  3. belizeanpride says:

    being a peace maker sometimes is risky and mein, kudos to the guy but a very sad ending for him and his family grieving. hope they charge the the guy for it and make him pay life in prison/ death by hanging.

  4. m.a says:

    My condolences to the family I remember cristobal I know his family i was so sad I live in Texas I have been here for 14 yrs but I’m so surprised how dangerous Belize had become

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