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Leon Garcia: first murder of 2018

On October 24, a family had just sat down to watch the news when suddenly a barrage of bullets invaded their living room. As a result, 60-year-old Judith Rocke and her 7-year-old granddaughter Malli Herrera were injured.  Two and a half months later, the family is back in the news again. In this latest incident, Rocke’s son, Leon Garcia was along with friends walking on Barrack Road at approximately 3:30 a.m. on January 1, when they came under attack.  As a result, Garcia received multiple stab wounds and later succumbed to his injuries at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital.  Love News spoke with the grieving mother, Judith Rocke who told us how she learned of the incident.

Judith Rocke – Mother

“Well, I heard about it on Saturday morning at about minutes after 4 a.m. It was then. I got a phone call from one of my sons saying that he was heading to the hospital, that is how I got to know and understand about my son’s stabbing.”

Reporter: What did you do next? Did you go to the hospital yourself?

Judith Rocke – Mother

“Well, I was not feeling well so I told my son that if anything got worse to call me and about half an hour after he called me and told me that he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.”

Rocke said that the police report has the number of persons who attacked her son wrong.

Judith Rocke – Mother

“On the radio, I heard that the policeman said that two men attacked Leon but according to what I heard it was more than two men. It was nearly about 15 of them that attacked him. He is big and I know two of them couldn’t have attacked Leon like that he is big. He is in a better place now because I am able to stand up strong because he always tells me that if he dies he doesn’t want me to cry and that’s why I’m strong. I anticipated this and that is one of the reasons why I am able to stand up this strong.”

The police gave details of the first murder of 2018 at this morning’s press brief.


Alejandro Cowo, OC, Crimes Investigation Branch, Belize City

“The first murder for 2018 was recorded on Monday, January 1st, 2018 sometime after 3:50 a.m. Police visited the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where they observed Leon Garcia suffering from several apparent stab wounds to his stomach and to the chest area. Initial investigations revealed that early that morning Leon Garcia was in the company of friends walking from Barrack Road towards Victoria Street when they were attacked by a group of male persons. A fight ensued between them where he received the alleged stab wounds to his body. As a result, police have detained three persons that are in custody who are being interviewed at this moment.”

Rocke said that it was the lifestyle that her son once lived that caught up with him. Garcia was Rocke’s third child.