Double Homicide Under Investigation in Orange Walk

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Updated: February 2, 2016

Two teenage boys were shot to death yesterday afternoon in the Pasadita area of Orange Walk Town. Nineteen year old Erlindo Matura and seventeen year old Rene Acevedo Junior were on Gristock Street when an unknown gunman approached them firing several shots. There was a third person, a 16 year old minor who managed to escape unhurt. The families of the murder victims say they have no idea why anyone would want to kill the teenagers and investigators are still trying to ascertain a motive. Hipolito Novelo went looking for answers in Orange Walk Town today and here is his report.

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING

“The bodies of nineteen year old Erlindo Matura and seventeen year old Rene Acevedo Junior laid motionless on Gristock Street for all to see. They were gunned down yesterday evening at around forty thirty. The duo was just a stone’s throw away from their houses.”

Maria Matura, Mother of Erlindo Matura

“I was on my bed trying to rest because I wasn’t feeling well. Around half an hour later I heard the gunshots. I jumped up out of my bed I came out there and I heard my son yell that Jun got shot. I ran outside and when I got out there I saw my son on the road lying down dead already.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING

“Acevedo’s mother, Lupita Rhaburn was away from home when he was killed. In fact he was supposed to go to Belize City with her yesterday.”

Lupita Rhaburn, Mother of Rene Acevedo

“I was coming from Belize on the bus when they called and told me that my son had died.”

LOCAL REPORTER

“When was the last time you saw or heard from him?”

Lupita Rhaburn

“Yesterday morning I woke up and told him to pick up his plate of food and to give  his grandmother and share the other two with his brother and sister. He said okay and he told me to tell his sister that he would take his niece to Belize and that he would spend a week there with his aunt. I told him that he should have told me before because I was going to Belize and I was taking the baby. I told him that if he wanted he could still go. He told me that it was alright and told me to go ahead and that was the last time I spoke to him.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING

“Acevedo was reportedly shot to the back of the head as he ran away from the gunman. Matura was shot to the left side of the back and chest. His mother believes that someone he knew lured him to his death.”

Maria Matura, Mother of Erlindo Matura

“He went outside because somebody called him, that they want to talk to him that is why he went out there. I really don’t know who the person is that called him out there.”

LOCAL REPORTER

“Do you feel as though he was lured outside so they could kill him?”

Maria Matura

” Yes I think so and the person who did that really knows my son.”

Lupita Rhaburn

“I understand that he left home to borrow a DVD from his friend Matura and standing outside near the gate I understand that this young man just reached there and shot Matura and my son and this young man was running and the person shot my son the back of his head.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO

“Police say that both Acevedo and Matura were approached by a man who was inquiring on who sold weed in the area.”

Supt. Selvin Tillett, OC, OW Police

“A male person who was dressed in a blue t shirt, three quarter pants riding a bicycle asked both persons where drugs were sold and person then rode of in the distance some 15 feet away from both persons and pulled out what appeared to be a handgun. The shooter then rode off in a pasture, took away a bicycle from a female and rode off making good his escape.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING

“The gunman shot at a third person- a 16 year old minor who managed to escape death. That teenage boy managed to find safety in a neighbor’s home. The gunman escaped from the scene.”

Supt. Selvin Tillett, OC, OW Police

“Some residents set chase behind him but to no avail. They reported that the said person stopped a vehicle that was heading toward Yo Creek village and got in it as a passenger. We got the description of the said person and that is why we have police officers out there recording statements from certain witnesses. Hopefully they can assist us with the detention of this person.”

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING

“And why would that person kill these teenage boys is a question on everyone’s mind.”

Supt. Selvin Tillett, OC, OW Police

“The motive at this moment is uncertain. At this moment we have police out there trying to investigate and follow up on some leads at this moment.”

Lupita Rhaburn, Mother of Rene Acevedo

I don’t have any idea why because I never ever thought about it.  If I told you I even thought about it, I would be lying.”

Maria Matura, Mother of Erlindo Matura

“I can’t believe what I saw. I don’t know why they would kill my son.

HIPOLITO NOVELO REPORTING

Both Matura and Acevedo are known to police. Reporting for Love News, I am Hipolito Novelo.