General — 24 November 2018 — by Courtney Menzies
Woman’s family detained following her death

SAN JUAN, Stann Creek District, Thurs. Nov. 22, 2018– A 26-year-old Honduran woman from San Juan Village was found dead on Tuesday, November 20, and her mother, father, and sister are being detained pending the investigation into her death.

Not long after Keidi Ramirez was rushed to the Independence Polyclinic in an unresponsive state, she was pronounced dead. When the police arrived at the hospital around 8:20 p.m., doctors showed them injuries that were on her neck, and both her hands and feet.

Reports are that Ramirez was at home socializing with her family members, who all lived with her, around 4:30 p.m. They got into an argument and, since Ramirez was reportedly intoxicated and acting in a disorderly manner, her family bound her hands and feet in an effort to restrain her.

Sometime after she was restrained, her family noticed that she was unresponsive. It is widely suggested that she died by suffocation.

Police would not say what was used to bound Ramirez, and also would not confirm the reports that suggested she was gagged as well.

The police also were unable to say the nature of the dispute between Ramirez and her family, but media reports are that the argument had to do with Ramirez’s 74-year-old boyfriend.

Statements have been taken from the family members and these were submitted to the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) so that she could advise the police on how to proceed.

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