BELIZE CITY, Fri. Sept. 11, 2020– Morgan Francisco, Jr., 34, an unemployed resident of Peter Seco Street, fatally stabbed himself on Thursday, September 10, when he saw a police patrol that was enforcing the use of masks near his home.
The tragedy occurred on Suicide Prevention Day 2020, which was celebrated worldwide.
Morgan Francisco, Sr., told the media that he was at home working on a piece of furniture when his neighbor called out to him, and he went to talk to her, but after he spoke to her, while he was still in his yard, but near the street, the police, who were on patrol, saw him.
As he was not wearing a mask, they approached him to remind him about the importance of wearing a mask, and that was when his son, Morgan Francisco, Jr., who was just coming out of the house and who was depressed and paranoid, saw the police talking to his father and thought that the police were coming for him, too.
His son, the elder Francisco said, went into the house, took a knife and stabbed himself under the ribcage — causing a wound that ruptured his heart.
The young man then ran into the yard, where he collapsed and began bleeding.
Francisco said that the policeman did not want to take his son to the hospital. However, a neighbor who saw what had happened rushed him to the hospital, but he was declared dead on arrival.
Francisco said that his son became depressed after he and his girlfriend, the mother of his two children, separated. He had gone to Gardenia to live with her and the two children, but since he was not working, the situation became stressful and he returned home.
Francisco said that since then, his son became depressed and at time, paranoid. He started eating less, and always thought that police were coming for him.