Letters — 21 May 2016
Barney, Perle, Marie  and Bill

Dear Editor,

Marie Knowles was the sister of Bill Belisle, saxaphonist with the original Messengers. Both Bill and Marie were adopted or raised by Barney Cervantes and Perle Kemp, good citizens and productive people.

Barney and Perle, along with a niece of Dr. John Reneau, were crushed to death by a vehicle at the curve on Princess Margaret Drive in front of the now Princess Hotel on a Sunday evening in the late 1950 or early 1960’s. Fate is cruel – 4 lives snuffed out in similar fashion.

To put it another way, parents and daughter cheated out of life, in the same way, about 50 years apart. Question – what is a life worth in Belize? $5,000 dollars, probably about 1/5th or less of her pension?

Harold Vernon,

Owner, Belmopan Business Center

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