Headline — 13 May 2014 — by Albert J. Ciego
Mother’s Day murder in Punta Gorda

Pregnant 28-year-old mother of child, 2, dies after being shot

Mother’s Day, yesterday, Sunday, brought heavy sorrow to the family of Janice Florice Vargas, 28, of West Street, Punta Gorda. The pregnant mother of a 2-year-old daughter died after she was shot by a man who went into her workplace at the Jamaica Bar in the Indianville area of Punta Gorda Town at about 1:25 yesterday morning.

Reports to Amandala are that the bar had closed for business at about 12:30 yesterday morning when the shooting occurred. Robbery was not the motive for the shooting, so the reason for the young woman’s death is yet unknown.

Police said that on their arrival at the bar, they saw Vargas lying unconscious in a pool of blood in a corridor leading to the back door. She had been shot in the upper right shoulder, but the bullet had lodged in her chest.

Police immediately took her to the Punta Gorda Hospital, where her condition was declared critical, after which she was rushed to the Southern Regional Hospital in Dangriga for further treatment, but she died on the way to that hospital. She was declared dead on arrival at about 4:30 yesterday morning.

Police have detained a man who they believe could shed some light on Vargas’ murder.

Those who know Vargas said that she was a pleasant person who did not socialize much and was not known to have enemies. They have no idea why the single mother was shot so mercilessly, in the presence of her two-year-old.

At the time of the shooting, Vargas was with a co-worker – a man who stays at the bar at night, as a security guard.

Her body was taken late this afternoon to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital for an autopsy to certify the cause of her death.

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