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Jan 7, 2014

Well-known body-works man dies; is it murder?

A well-known Belize City body-works man died on Monday night. Don Tillett took his last breath in an ambulance as he was being rushed to the K.H.M.H. after he collapsed in his Belama home. Tonight, the cause of Tillett’s death is still largely a mystery but is it likely that Tillett’s death will take the murder count to three since the beginning of the year? For background we go to New Year’s Day, when Tillett alleged that he was abducted by three men to whom he gave a ride. He says he was hit in the back of the head and passed out, then was thrown out of the vehicle near the Haulover Bridge. That incident never appeared in any Police report, but we have confirmed that Tillett was admitted to the K.H.M.H. with a wound to the back of his head. He spent three days in an induced coma, on life support because his lungs collapsed. He was released on Saturday, and dead by Monday. Today Mike Rudon was on Supal Street where Tillett had his body-works shop. His family and friends are grieving his loss, and searching for answers. Here’s that story.


Mike Rudon, Reporting

Forty-five year old Don Tillett was found on New Year’s Day lying in mud on the side of the road just past the Haulover Bridge. He was barely conscious, but told persons who found him that he had been attacked by three men to whom he gave a ride.


Norma Tillett, Sister of Deceased

Norma Tillett

“All he could say it was three men, a Spanish guy with long hair and a ponytail and two other coloured men…they attacked him. Apparently he had given them a lift, saying that they were going to Coney Drive. But while on the Boulevard, he says he felt a hit in the head, and all he could remember when he woke up is that he was in the bushes at the Haulover Bridge.”


According to Norma Tillett, doctors say there was no damage to her brother’s brain from the hit to the back of the head, but his lungs collapsed and he couldn’t breathe on his own, so he was put in an induced coma and placed on life support.


Norma Tillett

“We spoke to the doctor and he told us that he was very weak, and he went through a traumatic experience, and because of that experience that he went through it weakens the heart. What happened is that he had a heart problem before, but because of what he went through it took a toll on the heart. The doctors they knew that the heart was weak, but they let him out anyway. They released him on Saturday.”


Tillett went home, but a little over forty-eight hours after he was dead.


Norma Tillett

“When I got the call from my sister it was around ten…nine o’clock…that my brother fell off the bed and when she went there they tried to do CPR but the body was so limber. So she took him in the vehicle and the ambulance met her halfway and took my brother to the hospital where they pronounced him dead…because by the time they reached there he was already gone.”


Gone, but his family wants answers! They say there was no reason for Tillett to die, since he never troubled anybody.


Nicole Zetina, Niece of Deceased

Nicole Zetina

“I know you hear every day when somebody passes…you hear people say well my son or my brother wasn’t a troublemaker. But I can tell you that my uncle really wasn’t a troublemaker. Every time we would come here he would be right over there right by that fence with his friends taking a drink and if he’s not taking a drink he’s working on the vehicles right next door by the garage. He was so happy. It came as a shock to me because he was always the one we considered as the strong one. When I got the call that that happened to him I said no, not my uncle…you know the one that we really did not see this coming to. He was happy, he was joyous. He was always on the street just giving jokes, always happy, not a troublemaker or anything like that.”


Norma Tillett

“He was a loving person, very loving. And I just want to say that okay he’s gone now and we will all miss him, and I hope that whoever did this will have a heart and realize what they did is wrong, and try to ask for forgiveness. Because there’s nothing else…I don’t see anything else coming out of this because as I said he couldn’t recognize the fellows if he had seen them again.”


They want those responsible to pay. They want justice. But whether they get it is another thing entirely. As we told you, the Police never reported the alleged abduction of Tillett on New Year’s Day, and all attempts to get answers today were futile. Mike Rudon reporting for News Five.

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2 Responses for “Well-known body-works man dies; is it murder?”

  1. bigho'oncampus says:

    yeah… he picked up three adult male strangers off the road… mm hmm… he missed out the part where they turned out to be the same missing guys who went “fishing” a month ago… and one of them pulled out a genie bottle, right? You should have stuck to bodyworks.

  2. Tallz says:

    Word from the wise: don’t pick up any hitch-hikers unless you know them. You never know who has bad intentions. Let them cuss all they want when you pass them; it’s a cold world.
    R.I.P Don Tillett

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