Thursday was celebrated as Halloween and someone was obviously in the spirit of the celebration as a gruesome murder was committed in Belmopan. Another Taxi man was killed, his throat slit and his body dumped in the Salvapan area of the city. This would make the third taxi driver to be killed in a matter of months, all from the Cayo area. The name of the latest victim is Orlando Smith, a resident of Roaring Creek village.
Officer Commanding the Belmopan Formation, Sinquest Martinez, spoke about this latest murder.
“Yes, around 9:45 last night, we responded to of a murder that happened in the Costa Rica Street extension of Salvapan Area, Belmopan City. He was seen about 20 minutes prior to his death by the police and when we visited the scene, we saw a male person who we immediately identified as Orlando Smith who is a Taxi driver from Belmopan cit but he reside in Roaring Creek village. He had injuries to his neck. After we transported his body to the Belmopan Western Regional Hospital, we found the car and the suspected murder weapon inside the car”.
Five children have now been left fatherless. Orlando Smith was also the grandfather of two children. Police say that there are three persons of interest that they are looking for in connection to his murder.