SANTA ELENA, Cayo District, Mon. Dec. 19, 2016–A widow of Santa Elena was murdered on Sunday night, and police are investigating the possible connection between the woman’s murder and a land dispute with relatives.
Superintendent of Police in Santa Elena, Richard Rosado, said that Paulina Urbelina Suarez, 61, was killed by a person who was closely acquainted with her and her family, but they provided no further details.
Police reports are that at around 7:30 on Sunday night, Suarez was on the verandah of her home in Santa Elena Town when she saw a male of Hispanic descent walking towards her with a pistol in his hand.
She pleaded with him not to kill her but as she retreated into her house, the armed invader followed her inside.
In the presence of her three relatives, Suarez was shot multiple times in her upper body, as the gunman emptied the magazine of his pistol before leaving his crime scene.
Suarez reportedly died on the spot, and her body was immediately transported to the San Ignacio Hospital.
According to Rosado, police have since taken statements from the witnesses who were inside the house at the time of the murder.
However, police are seeking to locate three more persons who may be able to assist with the investigations. When Amandala asked whether one of those persons whom police are seeking is the victim’s child with whom she had the land dispute, Rosado refused to confirm or deny.
Rosado today told our newspaper that the deceased, Suarez, had visited the Santa Elena Police Station a few months ago to file a report against her child, who had allegedly been trying to wrestle her land away from her. That complaint led her to lodge a civil suit at the Supreme Court to settle the dispute.
Santa Elena police are at this time seeking the man believed to have callously murdered Suarez.