General — 30 March 2018 — by Roy Davis (freelance reporter)
Alejandro Lauriano charged for shooting deaths of two women

Teresita Flowers, 64, and Delcia Blanco, 17, died in the assault at Flowers’ residence; 2 others were shot

BELIZE CITY, Mon. March 26, 2018– Alejandro Lauriano, 19, an electrician of 6831 Aloe Vera Street, was arraigned on 2 counts of murder today by Senior Magistrate Aretha Ford. Lauriano was remanded into custody until May 30.

The charges are for the deaths of Teresita Flowers, 64, and Delcia Blanco, 17, Flowers and Blanco were shot around 7 p.m. on March 18 while they were at Flowers’ residence, located at 7642 Tibruce Street.

Police reported that two persons entered the house and began shooting. Blanco was shot in her forehead, while Flowers was shot in the left side of her back and the left side of her buttocks.

Two other persons, Sheniqua Ramclam, 16, and Daniel Hughes, 19, were also shot. Ramclam was shot in her right bicep, while Hughes was shot in his left arm.

After the shooting, the gunmen ran out of the house and went across the street to an abandoned lot. They then disappeared. Flowers and Blanco were taken to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital, where Blanco succumbed to her injury at 8:40 p.m. and Flowers was pronounced dead at 8:41 p.m

Hughes, a fisherman of an Aloe Vera Street address, was treated at the hospital and released. He was, however, detained by the police and kept in custody for 48 hours before he was released.

When interviewed by the police, Hughes denied having anything to do with the murders.

Ramclam has since been discharged from the hospital.

Police had detained Lauriano at Rockstone Pond on March 23. He was charged after a witness gave police a statement in which he said that at the time of the incident, he was in Flowers’ yard and he saw the men enter the house, and he also saw them leave.

He identified Lauriano as one of the assailants and he told police that he has known Lauriano for about 5 years.

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