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Crime — 02 October 2012 — by Aaron Humes

BELIZE CITY, Mon. Oct. 1, 2012

As a matter of public interest, this is Amandala’s record of the murder roll and statistics through to today, Monday, October 1, 2012.

For the third consecutive year, Belize has passed 100 murders – and, worryingly, done so at an earlier point in the year than in 2010 and 2011.

2010’s 100th murder was recorded early in October and 2011’s in the last week of September, respectively. According to our unofficial statistics, the 100th murder victim this year was Honduran national Wilmer Esquivel, 27, found stabbed to death in his home in the early hours of September 17.

The third quarter, July, August and September, saw a total of 34 murders, five more than the second quarter.

In July, which saw 13 murders, Corozal Town was hit by back-to-back double murders, first that of mother and daughter Clari and Shanny Fredersdorf, owners and managers of a hotel who were subjected to a fatal robbery on the night of July 4. One week later, two men, Robert Hernandez of Carolina village and town resident Kenrick Vaccaro were shot and killed. Residents of the town came out to protest after that double murder, but three others have been reported since, including the killing of the son and namesake of Belize City businessman James Swan, Sr., James Swan, Jr., 30; taxi operator Anwar Hernandez, 28; and 20-year-old Urbina Gonzalez Barrera.

Women were subject to gross attacks – such as the gruesome death of Susanna Lopez, 25, in Bella Vista, Toledo and the shocking shooting death of school warden Dana Augustus, 41, on the weekend of the Carnival King and Queen Competition in Belize City – but a woman, Calaney Flowers, was charged for the murder of Lyndon Morrison, 29, on August 28, after being accused of intentionally running down Morrison and his pregnant girlfriend, Sochyl Sosa, who were traveling together on a motorcycle, with her vehicle near the roundabout on Freetown Road and St. Thomas Street.

Police officers, too, were in this quarter on the right and wrong side of the law resulting in murders. Michael “Street” Valerio, 47, was beaten to death by two police constables in Punta Gorda on Sunday, July 29, leading to their being charged. Corporal Victor Lima, 35, posted to Hattieville, had been shot while responding to a report of a burglary in progress just a few days earlier, and died on July 27.

More young men were taken before their time – Raheem Smith, 18; Kendis Pike, 18; Clive Medwood, 23; Tevin Ferguson, 19; Kirk Hemmans, 16; Miraldo Alvarez, 24; Norval Belisle, Jr., 21, Andrew Usher, Jr., 23, and Jamie Dominguez.

Lastly, there is the sad apparent murder of baby Kaelee Burgess, a year and 11 months, in Ladyville, in a most twisted tale. Kaelee’s parents quarreled and both ended up detained – her father for allegedly kidnapping her and causing damage to his mother-in-law’s house; the mother for setting fire to their house in Ladyville. Kaelee was found the day before her birthday, face down in a bucket of water, and her death was ruled to have been caused by suffocation. Nearly three weeks later, no arrests have been made.

Below are the murders reported for July, August, and September.

Date    Name    Sex    Age    Residence    Manner of Death    Jurisdiction
Wednesday, July 04, 2012    Shanny Fredersdorf    F    18    Corozal Town    Shot    Corozal
Wednesday, July 04, 2012    Clari Fredersdorf    F    35    Corozal Town    Shot    Corozal
Wednesday, July 11, 2012    Robert Hernandez    M    38    Carolina, Corozal    Shot    Corozal
Wednesday, July 11, 2012    Kenrick Ernest Vaccaro    M    50    Corozal Town    Shot    Corozal
Monday, July 16, 2012    David Martinez    M    52    Cotton Tree, Cayo    Other (Unknown)    Belmopan
Monday, July 16, 2012    Susanna Lopez    F    25    Bella Vista, Toledo    Other (Unknown)    Independence
Thursday, July 19, 2012    Raheem Smith    M    18    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban
Friday, July 27, 2012    Victor Lima    M    35    Benque Viejo    Shot    Belize Rural
Friday, July 27, 2012    Stephen Flowers    M    24    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban
Sunday, July 29, 2012    Wayne Madrill    M    42    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban
Monday, July 30, 2012    Michael Valerio    M    47    Punta Gorda    Other (Beaten)    Punta Gorda
Tuesday, July 31, 2012    Kendis Pike    M    18    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban
Tuesday, July 31, 2012    Clive Medwood    M    23    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban
Wednesday, August 01, 2012    Tevin Ferguson    M    19    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban
Saturday, August 04, 2012    Ricardo Blanco    M    35    Orange Walk Town    Other (Beaten)    Orange Walk
Sunday, August 05, 2012    James Swan, Jr.    M    30    Burrell Boom    Shot    Corozal
Thursday, August 09, 2012    Peixian (Kenny) Tan    M    32    Ladyville    Shot    Belize Rural
Monday, August 13, 2012    Kirk Hemmans    M    16    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban
Wednesday, August 15, 2012    Fernando Quib    M    33    Punta Gorda    Shot    Orange Walk
Sunday, August 19, 2012    Felix Godoy    M    33    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban
Friday, August 24, 2012    Miraldo Alvarez    M    24    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban
Tuesday, August 28, 2012    Lyndon Morrison    M    29    Belize City    Other (Traffic Accident)    Belize Urban
Saturday, September 01, 2012    Dana Augustus    F    41    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban
Monday, September 03, 2012    Urbina Ivan Gonzalez Barrera    M    20    Corozal Town    Shot    Corozal
Thursday, September 06, 2012    Kaelee Burgess    F    1    Ladyville    Other (Suffocated)    Belize Rural
Saturday, September 15, 2012    Norval Belisle Jr    M    21    Belmopan    Shot    Belmopan
Monday, September 17, 2012    Wilmer Alexis Esquivel    M    27    Belize City    Stabbed    Belize Urban
Monday, September 17, 2012    Andrew Usher Jr    M    23    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban
Tuesday, September 18, 2012    Anwar Hernandez    M    28    Corozal Town    Shot    Corozal
Friday, September 28, 2012    Eddie Antonio Sanchez    M    35    San Ignacio Town    Other (Chopped)    San Ignacio
Saturday, September 29, 2012    Jaime Dominguez    M    16    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban
Sunday, September 30, 2012    Trevor Anthony Johnson    M    31    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban
Friday, September 28, 2012    Eddie Antonio Sanchez    M    35    San Ignacio Town    Other (Chopped)    San Ignacio
Friday, September 28, 2012    Charles Gamboa    M    53    Dangriga    Other (Chopped)    Dangriga
Saturday, September 29, 2012    Unknown    M    unknown    unknown    Shot    Belmopan
Saturday, September 29, 2012    Robert Lewis    M    56    Belmopan    Shot    Belmopan
Saturday, September 29, 2012    Jaime Dominguez    M    16    Belize City    Stabbed    Belize Urban
Sunday, September 30, 2012    Trevor Anthony Johnson    M    31    Belize City    Shot    Belize Urban

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