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Mar 5, 2013

Woman thinks arsonist wanted her and children dead

Twenty-two year old Abel Arana was killed on Sunday night after he was shot twice—once to the abdomen and to the buttocks. His alleged killer, Sherlock Martinez, is currently hospitalized at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital after according to reports; he was shot to the abdomen by Arana. But the village where the incident occurred continued to experience unrest this Tuesday morning. The home of a single mother was torched due to baseless allegation that she knew something about the shooting incident. Duane Moody reports.


Duane Moody, Reporting

In the wake of the shooting of Sherlock Martinez and the murder of Abel Arana in Hattieville on Sunday, there was a blazing inferno that gutted a house just two lots away. The fire broke sometime around three this morning and consumed the entire wooden structure and its belongings. Luckily, no one was at home at the time of the incident.


Andrew Nunez

Andrew Nunez, Fire Safety Officer, National Fire Service

“On Tuesday, the fifth at approximately three-fifty-one, Belize National Fire Service received and responded to a structural fire at Hattieville Village, Belize District. On arrival, the fire department saw a single dwelling wooden structure measures eighteen feet by twenty-four feet fully engulfed.  Everything was totally destroyed as a result of the fire. At the time of the fire, no one was at home.”


While to the naked eye it may have just been a random fire, it is quite the contrary. The house had no electricity and the occupants, Tiffara Usher and her two children—ages six and three—were away since Sunday night’s murder.


Tiffara Usher, Fire Victim

“I noh mi deh yah. I get wah call like after four and dehn tell me that somebody burn down my house and when I come; this dah weh I see.”


Duane Moody

“Did the house have electricity?”


Tiffara Usher

“None, no electricity neva deh yah and from Sunday I noh deh yah. So I know dehn burn down my house and dehn burn it down fi nothing; cause I noh do nothing.”


Usher is the sister-in-law of Martinez, who is fortunate to be alive after he was shot during Sunday shooting in Hattieville. Usher believes that the incident is connected to Arana’s murder.


Tiffara Usher

Tiffara Usher

“Somebody come and tell me that dehn say dehn come fi kill me and my baby because dehn think we mi deh in there. Dehn say because the shooting weh mi happen over that side deh, dehn say after dehn shot the bwai, me kick the bwai. Me kick di bwai. Now why I wah kick somebody weh done get shot and deh ina pain when dah me call the police mek dehn come pick up the bwai. Dah that’s why dehn burn down my house because dehn mi think I kick ahn.”


When News Five arrived at the scene this morning, fire officials were conducting their investigation and Usher’s suspicions were confirmed; the fire is a case of arson.


Andrew Nunez

“Our investigation reveals that the house had no electricity and the fire was a result of incendiary.”


The total loss in the structure and items is unknown at this time, but Usher says that if anyone can assist, please contact her at 602-2839.


Tiffara Usher

“Everything gone. Baby school bag, books, everything gone. Dehn deh barefoot dah Belize right now.”


Duane Moody

“Was the place insured?”


Tiffara Usher



Duane Moody

“What would you say is the value lost?”


Tiffara Usher

“I noh even know. I noh even have time fi think. The way how I feel now, I noh even can’t think or eat.”


Duane Moody

“If anybody would like to help, how can they assist?”


Tiffara Usher

“I don’t know. Maybe just some clothes fi my baby dehn and maybe shoes and thing.”


Duane Moody for News Five.

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2 Responses for “Woman thinks arsonist wanted her and children dead”

  1. Al says:

    I am so saddened that we as a people have become like animals. Kill, kill, kill even innocent children. How did such a country that had such caring kind people become such an cannibalistic country. Beware, because at some time God will move to correct this evil that has come over this country.

  2. Bear says:

    I would be sympathetic with a victim’s family seeking vengeance against the person who actually killed their loved one, but not going after other family members. That just extends the cycle of violence, and there is nothing arguably moral about it. It just feeds a primitive desire to hurt someone.

    So, whoever set the fire, the arsonist needs to be serve a long, long time in prison. Or burn him at the stake, I would be fine with that, too.

    About the Arana – Sherlock “shoot-out,” it was reported that NO guns were found. Since guns obviously were there during the shooting, somebody else tried to obstruct justice by hiding the evidence, and that person — or persons — needs to be locked up, too.

    As for Sherlock, if he is convicted of murder, he needs to hang. No mercy for killers, no exceptions.

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