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Belize City Man Hospitalized After Being Ambushed and Beaten

A father of four who had gone missing since Thursday has been accounted for. The details of what really transpired since he left his home in the Gungulung area on Thursday morning to when he landed at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital is anybody’s guess. The victim, 27-year-old, Joel Aguilar, cannot account for his whereabouts at this time as he is in a coma, and chances are he may never wake up. Reporter Vejea Alvarez has the story.

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: A construction worker may have escaped death but the injuries he sustained after being assaulted has left him with a dismal prognosis and medically brain dead. 27 year old Joel Aguilar had left home in good condition on the morning of Thursday August 5 but by the setting of the sun the family had grown concerned when he didn’t return home. The victim’s sister Claudette Villanueva told Love News that she is clueless as to why or who injured her brother. 

Claudette Villanueva, Sister: “I am not with him twenty four seven so I don’t know what he does out there but he doesn’t trouble people if they don’t trouble him that’s one thing I can say. But man what I have to say to the person who does it I just pray for you. That’s all. You will make him leave four children, four kids you will make him leave and that will hurt us real bad.

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: According to the sister the days leading to Joel’s hospitalization saw sleepless nights for the family. It wasn’t until she took to social media that they found out that he was seriously injured. 

Claudette Villanueva, Sister: “He is in a coma right now, he’s not getting up. I don’t know what to say. I just pray he gets up. Right now my brother isn’t doing too well. He has four children and I just want him to come back, I don’t want him to let us  down because he’s a fighter.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News:  Up to news time tonight police are still trying to put the pieces of the puzzle together in their investigation. Assistant Superintendent of Police Alejandro Cowo says they only found out late on Sunday night. 

Assistant Superintendent, Alejandro Cowo, Belize Police Department: “Last night police was notified about a male person at the hospital with injuries to his body and that he is admitted in a critical condition. We just found out that he is Joel Aguilar and at the moment I cannot tell you what caused his injuries or how his injuries were caused to him. It is something that we are just working as the information is just that we received it last night. At this moment family members are presently in the office being interviewed to see what information we can get from them and so that we can move from there.”

Reporter: As the police do their investigations the family is appealing to the public to come forward if they have any information to help the case. 

Claudette Villanueva, Sister: “All I want is just somebody come up to us and tell us what happened, if they saw anything or anything they could help us with because my brother is a nice person. He didn’t trouble anybody if they didn’t trouble him.”