General — 21 September 2019
Girl, 16, commits suicide after murder of boyfriend, 17

COTTON TREE, Cayo District, Thurs. Sept. 19, 2019– At about 3:30 Monday afternoon, a 16-year-old girl of Cotton Tree, who her family said had been mourning the death of her boyfriend, Gruver Lizandro Delgado, 17, who was shot in the head in Belmopan on Saturday morning and was declared dead on arrival at the Western Regional Hospital, was found by her father hanging by the neck in the bathroom in her home.

The devastated father called police, who took her down and took her to the Western Regional Hospital, but she was declared dead on arrival Delgado was killed when at about 10:00 Saturday morning, September 14, he and his cousin, Alexander Valladarez, 16, were shot by one of two men when they went to buy corn tortillas.

Valladarez died immediately, while Delgado was declared dead on arrival at the hospital. No one has been arrested for the murders of the two cousins, who were close friends.

Information to us is that Shanda Rodriguez was deeply impacted by the death of her boyfriend, and she became depressed. Her mother said she saw the changes in her daughter’s behavior and she tried to counsel her, and gave her words of encouragement after she saw her crying several times.

On Monday, the girl’s mother went to Belmopan, leaving her and her father at home. Her father said he saw her go into the bathroom and after she did not come out after some time, he went to check on her.

He did not get a response from her, however, and became alarmed and forced his way into the bathroom. There, he found her hanging by a cord from a rafter.

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