Cervantes family releases recording with alleged mastermind of father’s murder

71 year old businessman Ramon Cervantes Sr.,  who was also a former PUP Senator and Mayor, was kidnapped and murdered in July of this year.  His body was found buried in a shallow grave on an abandoned farm on the road to Honey Camp Lagoon, six miles due east of Orange Walk Town, some five days after his disappearance.

It was a high profile case, complete with suspicion about possible police involvement, since the body was found with police issued handcuffs on Cervantes’ vlcsnap-2014-11-06-05h10m12s172vlcsnap-2014-11-06-05h10m04s107vlcsnap-2014-11-06-05h09m58s56hands. Cervantes’ family, especially his son, Ramon Cervantes Jr. had told the media that even though 22 year-old Guatemalan Noe Daniel Avila, 19 year-old Belizean Angel Antonio Cardenas, and 28 year-old Belizean Mateo Pott Jr. were jointly charged with the kidnapping and murder, they still had a lot of unanswered questions and were not all together pleased with the way the investigation was conducted.

The alleged mastermind of the kidnapping was identified as one Manuel ‘El Pelon’ Castillo, but he had fled the country and is still at large.

On Wednesday, the Cervantes family held a press conference which they paid to be aired on the radio. At the conference they said that they have new information that suggests that the intended target was the son, Ramon Cervantes Jr., PUP standard bearer for Orange Walk North and he says, the motive was political.

He played a recorded telephone conversation that occurred between Vilma Cervantes and a man alleging to be Manuel Castillo. The man claiming to be Manuel Castillo says that the murder of Ramon Cervantes was a contracted hit, and he names a senior UDP Minister and a senior Police Officer as being involved. Being as these are allegations without any concrete evidence, we have removed the names of those fingered by the man on the recording.


vlcsnap-2014-11-06-05h11m43s56Alleged Voice of Manuel Castillo

[Translated] I will send you some evidence that it’s the _____, the _____. There is a _____ involved.  There are about seven persons there in Orange Walk and on top.  Do not trust the police officers because the same ‘pinches’ police officers. There are eight ‘pinches’ police officers.

Now yes, I will take care of the problem, I will take care of it because even if I have to go back again, to do things that I should not do because of this _____ paid a lot of money for, for the death of. It wasn’t for your…. That’s why I tell you. The young men made a mistake. They went and grabbed your husband. It was your son that they wanted to kill. Him. It’s him they wanted to kill. Monchi. It’s Monchi that they wanted to kill. They made a mistake and they killed, your husband.

I will help you. And my name, I want my name cleared from all of this because it hurts me very much, because even my family has turned their backs on me. When I called them a while ago, they told me that I sent to do this and that. And no. that is not so. I told them it is not so. Look, I am all over Facebook and the internet, all over. And I have not done anything. I am the one that told them not to do it. I don’t do that kind of job. And what hurts me mostly Mrs Vilma, look, what hurts me the most is that these days I am supposed to be with my wife, because she recently had a baby. And I don’t even know where my wife is right now. I don’t even know where she is right now, because of this problem that is happening. I am telling you, I don’t know where my wife and my baby are. Now how do you think I feel?

Explain to Monchi not to trust all or any police because, please I tell you, that they are the same ones that are involved in all this. I’m telling you it’s a huge organization Mrs Vilma, I tell you. That’s why I am even afraid to talk because, I don’t know, Mrs Vilma, maybe tomorrow , I will be walking around there and the same people that sent to kill your husband pay someone there to kill me. That’s why I want to finish with him. I need to finish with this.


Voice Of Vilma Cervantes- Wife of Deceased

“The who killed Mr Ramon, then Manuel?”

Purported Voice Of Manuel Castillo

“Mrs Vilma, it’s _____, Misses Vilma.”

Voice of Vilma Cervantes

“He sent to kill him?”


Purported Voice Of Manuel Castillo

“Yes, he sent to kill him. And I will get the evidence and I will tell you who he is. But please don’t say because you know why? Because the _____  has contacts in Mexico. And in Mexico, the mafia is big. Do you understand me? I will tell you his name. But listen to me well, Mrs Vilma. I will tell you the name of the _____. But listen, don’t say anything.


Voice Of Vilma Cervantes

“I thank you that you give me all the evidence you have the quickest possible. And you call me back to tell me when and where.”

Purported Voice Of Manuel Castillo

“OK.  I will give you everything Mrs Vilma. I will give you,  Because  that day that I was at my house, because at my house in Bacalar, they reached and they sat and talked in the house and there I recorded them Mrs Vilma. I have the recordings. I have the recordings hidden in the house. But I have about six hours to get there but I need to stay some days so that I can walk a little.”

 At the press conference, Ramon Cervantes Jr. says he is concerned about his family’s safety and wishes that it were all just a nightmare that he will soon awaken from.


vlcsnap-2014-11-06-05h35m58s29Ramon Cervantes Jr. – Son of the Deceased

“She is the one that the police are looking for, and Interpol.  I think she will have to do that explanation whenever, and I hope soon he is caught.  He is the one who will have to give an explanation.  I really can’t say more about that.

It’s like a hit, after hit, after hit, you know.  I think everything is tied together and it’s hard to determine which one is more important.  I think the whole thing is important and should be taken with such importance.”

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