Santa Elena man found dead in Esperanza feeder road

On Wednesday night’s newscast we told you about the dead body that was discovered in the village of Esperanza, Cayo District, sometime late in the evening.

The body has since been identified as that of 24 year old Samir Fernandez, Belizean Laborer of Santa Elena town.

Our journalist Emanuel Pech has the details of that story.

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vlcsnap-2014-12-12-10h06m49s249Emvlcsnap-2014-12-09-09h36m30s205anuel Pech

“The lifeless body of 24 year old Samir Fernandez, Belizean laborer of San Pedro Street, Santa Elena town was discovered about 60 feet into a feeder road in an area south of the Village of Esperanza yesterday evening. Supt. Dinsdale Thompson, Officer commanding San Ignacio Police Station, told us more.”

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vlcsnap-2014-12-12-10h08m03s227vlcsnap-2014-12-12-10h07m19s26Dinsdale Thompson – Officer Commanding San Ignacio Police Station

“Somethime around 4:30 pm., we recieved a call from an individual who stated certain things pertaining to a body was found in Esperanza Village, the southern part of Esperanza Village, Cayo District.

Upon arrival at the scene, what we found an individual whose body was lifeless.  Later on we got to find out that it is Samir Fernandez of San Pedro Street, here iin Santa Elena.” 

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Emanuel Pech

“It is believed that Samir Fernandez was still alive sometime after 10:00 on Wednesday morning. What happened between that time and 4:30 pm when he was discovered dead is what the police are still trying to determine. Three people so far have been detained in relation to the investigation.”

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vlcsnap-2014-12-12-10h51m41s37Dinsdale Thompson

“We have also detained now three individuals, who we believe can assist us in our investigation concerning this murder.  At the present moment we are still interviewing some more people.  We’re further in our investigation in relating to this murder.

Motive? We’re still yet to acertain the true motive, which we are following up some leads from certain witnesses, and some other people as well  that we have recorded statemants from, and that we believe have certain information at this present moment”

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Emanuel Pech

“Police say Samir was no stranger to them. In fact, San Ignacio police affirmed that Samir was in police custody only two days prior to his death concerning an investigation. Samir’s father, 53 year old Belizean attorney Orlando Fernandez, was also aware of Samir’s troubles with the law.”

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vlcsnap-2014-12-12-11h06m30s51Orlando Fernandez – Father of the Deceased

“Yes, he had his brushes with the law.  His cases went through the court system, and he was never found guilty of any offence. So he has a clean record like you and me.”

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Emanuel Pech

“Orlando Fernandez remembers his son’s last moments alive.”

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Orlando Fernandez

“What I have learned is that he was alive up to about Midday.  What happened is that he was preparing to join the Coast Guard. He had taken an interview and was successful.  He was to start training very soon. 

So in the meantime he was doing oddd jobs, and getting ready for that challenge.”

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vlcsnap-2014-12-12-11h15m45s122Emanuel Pech

“Left to mourn the passing of Samir Fernandez are two daughters ages four and two, a common law wife, and two siblings.

Reporting for Plus News Emanuel Pech.”

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The body of Orlando Fernandez was discovered with two cut wounds to the head from what appears to be a blunt object, and has since been transported to the San Ignacio Hospital morgue awaiting a post mortem examination.

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