The second weekend murder occurred in the Stann Creek District. 58-year-old Santiago Pop was found inside his home on Sunday evening just after six o’clock. Pop’s neighbours became suspicious when they didn’t see him in the village and when a foul odour was observed coming from his wooden bungalow home in San Juan/Cowpen Village. Police entered the home and found Pop faced down in a pool of blood with chop wounds to the head. Stann Creek Correspondent, Harry Arzu, spoke to Romina Pop, the daughter of the deceased who says Pop was retired and took on menial work to survive.
Romina Pop, Daughter of Deceased: “It’s been confirmed that it’s him, my brother was there to identify the body. All I understand at this point is that his body was found at the place he was renting.”
Reporter: What location is this ?
Romina Pop, Daughter of Deceased: “They’re saying Cow Pen, we haven’t been there because they have not been told that it’s okay to go there as yet until after they finish with the autopsy and deal with the scene then they will inform us of when they’re done in order to gather his personal stuff. I take it they found him in the home, it seems to be a murder because they found chop wounds on him, I just got the information last night at aound 11 near 12 so that’s as much as I know.”
Our correspondent also reached out to the Chairperson for San Juan/Cowpen Village, Victor Juarez.
Victor Juarez, Chairman of CowPen Village: “Based on the information the neighbors are sharing they couldn’t really have an exact date and time, they just observed that during the weekend Mr.Pop did not follow his routines as per normal like coming out of the house, doing his laundry and eventually they also allege that they saw some dogs coming around the area which is when they got a little bit more concerned and they decided to express their concerns to the landlord and to other people in the area. I’ve seen him in the community riding around in his vehicle, a very cool respectful young person. I didn’t really have any form of close relationship with him but at the same time I couldn’t say that he was a problemsome person in the village. Everybody that we have spoken to says that he used to be a cool person.”
Pop leaves behind three daughters and one son.