Violence Erupts in Rural Belize: Two Brutal Murders Mark Fifth in 36 Hours

Violence Erupts in Rural Belize: Two Brutal Murders Mark Fifth in 36 Hours

Two men were brutally murdered between last night and this morning in rural Belize.  These killings mark the fourth and fifth murders carried out within the past thirty-six hours in the Belize District.  Sometime after 8 o’clock, the bodies of 66-year-old, Joel Andrews and an unidentified workman, were discovered on Andrew’s farm in Hattieville.  While robbery is the suspected motive, the circumstances leading to their deaths are still being investigated.  Reporter Vejea Alvarez was on the scene and filed the following report. 

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Tonight two more families are grieving and searching for answers after an elderly man and his watchman were killed in Rural Belize. Last night residents of the Farmers Site Area of Hattieville were awakened by screams of distress but never imagined their neighbor, 66 year old Joel Andrews was the one pleading for help. It was until this morning that the father of two and his watchman were found in a shallow pond on his property. Andrews was shot dead and found lying face up in only boxers and an undershirt while his employee was chopped to death and dumped fifty feet away. But what led to the demise of the men is yet to be ascertained. Andrews’ brother Dennis says he got the news this afternoon and is still grappling with the loss of his eldest brother who was known affectionately as ‘New York’.

Dennis Andrews, Brother of Deceased:This was a real shock because I just came from the market this morning when I bought some fruit for my little business and when I got back my neighbor told me “Bird some person called from the states and they saw they just killed New York.” I said no man not my brother. I was like what ?” 

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Andrews resided in the area for over a decade and was a businessman who operated in the Belize district. So why would someone want him dead ? Minister of Home Affairs Kareem Musa says police believe it may have been a robbery turned double homicide. 

Kareem Musa, Minister of Home Affairs: “I have just been briefed by the Commissioner of Police of the double murder, another tragic loss of life in Hattieville. From the information that the police has so far they are looking for two suspects in particular. They have the names, I do not want to disclose the names at this time of course until the police are able to garner statements so that they can make arrests but they are right now looking for those two individuals.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: While investigators believe the motive was robbery Andrews’ brother explained that so far nothing seems to have been taken from the farm. 

Dennis Andrews, Brother of Deceased: “What we understand that they haven’t taken anything. We don’t know they say we have to wait until the forensics come and you know ?”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News:  But so far there isn’t anything valuable or anything substantial that’s missing from the farm ? 

Dennis Andrews, Brother of Deceased: “Well we don’t know yet because I just came and I don’t really know what they took but according to the police they haven’t taken anything.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Andrews’ watchman whose identity is yet to be established is believed to have been tortured. The Hispanic man, according to Andrews’ brother, was a resident of the Toledo district who had just come back to work on Sunday. 

Dennis Andrews, Brother of Deceased: “The workman that he just hired was the workman that he had worked with him for eight or ten years. You know he just came back like two days ago.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Did you ever talk to your brother about living in such a secluded area ? Did that every worry the family ? Did you guys ever speak to him about that ? 

Dennis Andrews, Brother of Deceased: “Yeah I talked to him because right, well that’s him you understand. He loves farming from when I was a kid New York loved farming, that’s him and this is what he loves and when a person loves something you can’t take it from him.”

Vejea Alvarez, Love News: Andrews was a father of two and his family says he was a kind man with no enemies. They say that while his murder has broken their hearts they’ll be reminiscing on his loving personality and praying for justice.”

Dennis Andrews, Brother of Deceased: “Joel Andrews was a businessman for year. He’s like me we sell fruits and vegetables and we are businessmen and he worked hard for what he has and this that he has here is what he liked. From ever since he loved farming. So whoever took my brother’s life they took someone I don’t know how to say the word, they took someone you know kindhearted. If he could help you he would help you.”

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