A 16-year-old girl was the first murder victim for 2020. Samantha Conorquie, a student of Ladyville Technical High School, was gunned down Friday night on Ordonez Street, Belize City. According to her mother, Shantia Ferguson, she left on December 24 to go spend Christmas at a friend’s house. She maintained frequent communication with her mother but she never told her if she was in any danger. Her death left several persons mourning especially her teachers and classmates. Love News spoke to her homeroom teacher, Reyna Garcia, who described her as jovial and obedient.
Rayna Garcia, Samantha’s Teacher: “Samantha’s death came as a shock to her 2H classmates and I, they are very devastated by the situation but thankfully the school is providing support for us as we go through this hurt. I was Sam’s homeroom teacher since first form and we moved on to second form together and as her homeroom teacher I can say that she was a loving friend, very funny and she would always make us laugh. She was smart, loved challenges and outspoken, she always spoke her mind and made others listen. She respected her teachers and peers and we loved her very much. We will surely miss her.”
Senior Superintendent Hilberto Romero briefed that media today on Friday night’s tragedy.
Sr.Supt. Hilberto Romero, Deputy Head, National Crimes Investigation Branch: “Police visited Ordonez Avenue Belize City where they saw the motionless body of a female identified as Samantha Conorquie, 16 years Belizean of Lord’s Bank Village.Investigations revealed that she had existed a house in that area when she was approached by a lone gunman who fired several shots at her causing the fatal injuries. We have no motive at this time, we are seeking one suspect in relation to this shooting, an investigation is ongoing at this time into this murder.”
Conorquie was at the Youth Hostel for six months for uncontrollable behavior about two years ago.