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May 14, 2012

Ride by murder in Orange Walk

Luis Cardenas

There were two murders over the weekend; in San Ignacio, a well known teacher was stabbed to death and in Orange Walk, a hail of bullets was unleashed by a lone gunman on Gravel Lane on Sunday morning. One bullet found its mark on Luis Cardenas, AKA “Pais”; he died on the spot. A passerby, Deon Hyde, was injured by at least four bullets, but survived the shooting. Cardenas was in police custody earlier in the day, but was released and hours after, he met his death. Police have been unable to confirm if Cardenas was the intended target, but according to acquaintances, who has a long rap sheet, had hinted that he was in danger. News Five’s Delahnie Bain reports.


Delahnie Bain, Reporting

The bullet holes on the home of Amin Mendez Junior on Gravel Lane are evidence of the number of gunshots that were fired early on Sunday morning. Thirty-six year old Deon Hyde, who was walking by was shot several times, but survived. Only a single bullet hit twenty-two year old Luis Cardenas, but it was enough to end his life.


Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer

Fitzroy Yearwood

“We know that sometime around three-forty-five a.m., Luis Cardenas was at a residence on Gravel Lane. He was lying down in a hammock on the verandah of this residence at the same time Deon Hyde was passing by. A lone gunman on bicycle rode past and opened fire on them injuring Hyde. He received somewhere around four apparent gunshot wounds. Cardenas, unfortunately, was hit to the head. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Northern Regional Hospital and I know that Hyde is still admitted receiving treatment.”


Reports are that Cardenas was trapped on the verandah, which is enclosed with burglar bars. His friend had just gone inside when the gunmen opened fire. According to a relative of Cardenas, they knew he had his ups and downs with the law, but he was in Orange Walk trying to make a living.


Voice of: Relative of Luis Cardenas

“He was a guy who was trying to make a living, you know ketch and kill. Like if they ask him to do wah lee mason work, do wah lee carpentry work and stuff like that you know. That’s how he tried to carry his about to make a daily living. Most definitely it’s very hurting for each and every one of us. But it’s a step that I believe we all have to take one day. Nonetheless, it’s very hurtful but we are standing strong for the rest of kids who are still live and are living and we have to be there for them most of all.”


Hyde ran into a neighboring yard to escape the gunmen and the residents rushed him to the Northern Regional Hospital. His mother, Evadne Copius says she got the news hours after her son was shot.


Evadne Copius, Mother of Deon Hyde

Deon Hyde

“Di morning when wah young bwai come and wake me and tell me how—well, I yer ah di tell di neighbors dehn dat how dehn shoot my son. Den I ask ah if ih dead, den he seh ih noh dead but ih get shot. My son tek eight bullet.”


Delahnie Bain

“How is he doing now?”


Evadne Copius

“Right now ih noh di do so fine but ih coming around.”


Evadne Copius

By all accounts, Hyde was known around Orange Walk because he did yard maintenance for several persons and residents do not believe he was the intended target. But it is too early in the police investigation to rule anything out.


Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“We cannot say who was the intended target as yet. But we’re trying our best to put this together, gathering evidence and of course, at three-forty-five a.m. you know it’s not trafficable in that area but we’re hoping that somebody may have seen or heard something that can bring some closure in this murder.”


Delahnie Bain

“Has anyone been detained or just persons of interest for questioning?”


Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“We have interviewed several persons but that’s as far as it goes for right now. It’s early in this investigation and we hope that someone will come forward. We are having that belief that if we get out there and canvass that area, we might be able to put this together.”


Delahnie Bain

“The people in the area where the shooting happened told us that he did some work in the area there. Do you know if he had any kind of trouble or so why…”


Evadne Copius

“No, not as far as I know.”


Delahnie Bain

“So he was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.”


Evadne Copius

“Right, that’s what everybody tell me.”


Delahnie Bain

“And how have you been handling this news?”


Evadne Copius

“Ih rough and right now I have two stroke. But I di try heng een deh… [crying]”


Meanwhile, Cardenas’ family has not been able to start working on funeral arrangements because they have yet to officially identify his body.


Voice Of: Relative of Luis Cardenas

Luis Cardenas

“Up to now we haven’t gotten that opportunity due to the fact that we’ve been to the police station since yesterday morning and we were taken up and down. This morning again we tried to go and identify the body and I don’t want to call any names but at the police station officers told us that we can go there and certain officers will be there.  The police officer who were told would be assisting us to go to the morgue and identify the body, he said that he could not move from his spot because he was attending to some—he had a detail so he had to deal with that detail and that was priority.”


Cardenas will be transferred to Belize City on Tuesday for a post mortem. Delahnie Bain for News Five.


Cardenas’ rap sheet includes charges for the double murder of Nazim Romero and Jose Ricalde, who were shot on February thirteenth, 2008. He turned himself in shortly after and while in prison, he was accused of stabbing inmate, Leroy Gomez. Cardenas was also a suspect in the more recent murder of Abel Robinson, who’s decomposed body was found in the Palmar area in February of this year. Coming up in the newscast will be the murder of the Sacred Heart College teacher in San Ignacio. 

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4 Responses for “Ride by murder in Orange Walk”

  1. Rod says:

    E look like all fitzroy yearwood do that sit down tha y desk and watch the American news pa the computer no wonder they can’t catch no murderer come on yearwood get off your @$$ and do some work stop watch the news in a the us people the dead ya tha Belize.

  2. Storm says:

    Live by the gun, die by the gun. It’s natural justice.

    But I still want this murderer caught and hanged, to tidy up the story.

  3. swagg says:


  4. Ex Classmate says:

    So sad for the youngs man family….. we were classmates and i well remember him! but so sadly he dropped out of school and took the wrong road of life! Youths watch and learn dont do things that you will surely regret later because the only one that will stay hurt is your family :-( (

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