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Sep 4, 2012

Family of Rudy Cruz still waiting for answers about his killer

Rudy Cruz

The well known Rudy Cruz was brutally stabbed on June first and three months later, police are no closer to solving the heinous murder. The highly sought after audio and lighting technician, whose skills as a DJ were gaining prominence,  was found dead in his bed at his house where there were no signs of forced entry. While the family continues to grieve, they are also looking for answers. Freelance reporter Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

A little over three months ago, on June first, the brutal and cold-blooded murder of well known light and audio technician, DJ Rudy Cruz, stunned the community. Cruz was stabbed approximately thirty-nine times at his house on Allan Pitts Crescent in the South Side of the Old Capital.


Inspector Fitzroy Yearwood, Police Press Officer [File: June 1st, 2012]

Fitzroy Yearwood

“Rudy Noel Cruz, a thirty-five year old DJ; he lives at number 21 Allan Pitts Crescent. Friends of his visited the house this morning sometime around 6:45 where he found Mr. Cruz with multiple stab wounds in his bed—mostly to the abdomen. When investigators visited the scene Mr. Cruz was transported to the K.H.M.H. where he was pronounced dead.”


Jose Sanchez

“Any possible motives?”


Insp. Fitzroy Yearwood

“Not as yet. We are questioning some people at this time about it and hope to get to get a motive soon. This investigation just started this morning, so I’m giving the investigators time to put together their interview report and info. By the end of the day, I can send out an official release on what their findings are, noh.”


Rudy’s life was cut short; he was to get married this December. There are still no known motives for the bloody murder.


Araceli Acosta, Sister of Deceased

“We ask ourselves that question everyday: Who? Why? For what reason? What motive? If you knew Rudy you would ask yourself why? Why Rudy. It’s not like his past came back to haunt him. We believe that it is someone he knew. We also believe it is someone close. It had to be someone he knew for him to open the door or someone that had a key to open the door.  He was stabbed thirty-nine times. Can you imagine your loved one being stabbed thirty-nine times for what? You can’t understand one stab wound or two. You try understand thirty-nine.  Sunday I was talking about him and I just cry. Every first of the month I say another month. The family’s birthdays, September last year me and he mi deh together out there; Belikin Fest. He woulda mi always do the spot light for Bowen and Bowen at Belikin Fest. Every Belikin he would say Celi, come drink wah two beer. This year, we noh have Rudy fi call we come out there. Christmas every twenty-fourth we were at his house. That was a tradition for him and with Rudy you better be there. Birthday for my ma. My mom birthday just went the first of August and that was like one month after his death. And dehn kids graduation up to high school. Dehn people, whosoever did it, noh know weh dehn do to we.”


Acosta says that none of the items stolen from his residence have been recovered and despite the fingerprints lifted and other evidence from the scene, there are still no solid leads in the case.


Duane Moody

“His keys were missing, his ATM cards, his cell phone and some other belongings. Have any of those been recovered?”


Araceli Acosta

Araceli Acosta

“No, no, we haven’t recovered nothing. His keys his ATM cards, he also had cash, his truck keys were missing. I don’t know why they took those things because his laptop was there, there were other stuff and if it was some theft I believe those things would have gone and those are still there. We haven’t recovered anything. Those things aren’t important right now. All that is important is to find out who murdered my brother.”


It’s an unsolved mystery that relatives and friends are still unable to accept. His sister, Araceli, is pleading to anyone with information to come forward.


Araceli Acosta

“We are asking if you know anything, please help us. I know somebody you might need somebody’s help. I know we are all losing some loved one here in Belize with the high rate of violence that is escalating high. There are family members out here that haven’t gotten justice and somebody out there knows something. And we as a country, we as a family and we as friends, I think we should all come together as one and we could stop this violence.”


As to the business, Acosta says that the family has taken over and they have been successful enough to acquire contracts for events despite Rudy’s passing.


Araceli Acosta

“We did Queen of the Bay, the sashing of Queen of the Bay, the Vegas Show, the launching of the Puma and this morning we got the okay from Bowen and Bowen that we’ll also be doing the Belikin Fest. So I guess there will be some nights out there that we’ll be drinking a few beers in Rudy’s name.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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2 Responses for “Family of Rudy Cruz still waiting for answers about his killer”

  1. Rod says:

    I can tell you they are not even looking for the killer or killers of his person u aw know why I’ll tell you why he is Spanish and big got barrow hate anyone who is not black he doesn’t even care about his own black people whey you think bout Spanish their has been 100 Spanish people killed in the past year and out of their only 3 have been caught what does that tell you they don’t care about the Spanish in this country prejudice in reverse by barrow the big got.

  2. Rhenae Nunez says:

    This is absolutely SHOCKING! I had no idea that this gentle natured, professional had become a statistic in Belize’s unrelenting blood bath. My condolences to the family! I cannot for the life of me come up with a reason why anyone would want to hurt Rudy. I pray that those answers will be forthcoming just so his family can find some measure of closure and peace.

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