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In Celebration of the Life of Maria Antonia Plaza #392242
11/08/10 04:33 PM
11/08/10 04:33 PM
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A memorial service for Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez will be taking place
this afternoon at 3:00 pm on the Beach just south of the Belize Yacht

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Re: In Celebration of the Life of Maria Antonia Plaza [Re: Marty] #392343
11/09/10 08:10 PM
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Memorial Held for Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez

A crowd gathered at the empty lot near where the body of Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez was found to hold a memorial mass in her honor. Many members of the community joined to celebrate the life of Plaza Gomez, which was cut short on Sunday, October 31st, 2010. Organized by Lady Dixie Bowen, the memorial gathered members of the business community, community activists, well-known public figures, local politicians, hotel industry insiders, Maya Island Air staff, students, teachers, local islanders and Police personnel.

Lady Bowen extended her sympathies to the family of the late Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez, and reiterated that the community as a whole feels the loss of such a young, vibrant life that was taken away much too soon.

The San Pedro Sun also joins in mourning, and we extend our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of Maria Antonia. May she rest in peace.

Re: In Celebration of the Life of Maria Antonia Plaza [Re: Marty] #392352
11/09/10 09:23 PM
11/09/10 09:23 PM
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November 09, 2010

Exactly a week after Spanish Flight attendant was found dead on Ambergris Caye, the community came out in a mass of thanksgiving to celebrate her life. Jorge Aldana was there and filed the following report.

Jorge Aldana Reporting…

Community activists, well known public figures, local politicians, hotel owners, members of the Maya Island Air staff, students and teacher, local islanders and even the members of the Belize Police Department revisited the area where the body of Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez was found murdered exactly a week ago. The community members united for a mass of thanksgiving for the life of 37 year old Spanish National. The event was organized by Lady Dixie Bowen, wife of the late Sir Barry Bowen. In speaking at the event, Lady Bowen stated that she is moved by the tragedy and sympathizes with the family even more so since just 9 months ago she lost her husband. Lady Bowen recollected on the life of Plaza Gomez and said that her short live life on Ambergris Caye was one of fun. She said that even though the community is shaken by the usual murder, the event is clearly a demonstration that the Plaza Gomez family is not alone in their pain. In speaking to Love News, local island resident Colette Kase said that the crime is an upset to the community; a community that is known to be peaceful. While she pointed that the residents alike its visitors should not feel deprive of walking freely along the beach, she caution and called on the political leaders to address the matter with urgency. While she applauded the efforts of the general public for showing their cooperation toward the work of the Police to help solve Plaza Gomez’s crime, she said that it is important that we send one single message to the family; a message that as a community the islanders cares about them and will leave no stone unturned. The mass of thanksgiving lasted shortly after an hour as those in attendance laid flowers or lit a candle near a pictured that was placed on the alter which was put next to the yard where Gomez was found. The mass of thanksgiving was officiated by Father Daniel Nunez of the San Pedro Roman Catholic Church.  And while the community of San Pedro mourns the death of one of their tourist, Police in San Pedro has not made any formal arrest and the Department continues to plea to the community for any lead that would help them bring some closure to the murder case. A reward of $6500 is being offered in total by several sectors of the San Pedro community for any information that can lead to the successful arrest of the person or person involved in Plaza Gomez’s murder.

Reporting for Love News from San Pedro Town, I am Jorge Aldana.

Re: In Celebration of the Life of Maria Antonia Plaza [Re: Marty] #392372
11/10/10 08:47 AM
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Memorial Service for the Late Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez

A memorial service was held for the late Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez just a week after the tragic murder. Father Daniel Nuñez carried out the memorial service in front of a crowd in an empty lot adjacent to the crime scene on Tuesday, November 09, 2010.

Opening remarks were delivered by Lady Bowen as she expressed her sympathies to the family of the late Maria. Mayor Elsa Paz spoke on behalf of the island of San Pedro and reiterated that everyone feels sorry for the loss of such wonderful young lady.

After the mass ended Mr. Gach Guerrero, Manager of Maya Island Air, read a letter which was sent by Maria’s brother-in-law, Arturo Gomez. The letter read:
    “Mari-Toni, as she was affectionately called, was a loving twin sister, daughter, wife and mother. She loved her job and when she was offered to work for Maya Island Air Regional she was more than delighted to do so as she had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Island of San Pedro. I am sure Mari-Toni lived the most memorable moments of her life in the island which was cut short by the unfortunate incident. I appreciate your condolences and affection towards our family. We envy you all for having seen the last of her unforgettable smile in one of the most beautiful places in the world; my sincere affection, Arturo Gomez.”

Present at the memorial service were Mayor Elsa Paz, Maya Island Air Personnel, Police Personnel, community activists, teachers, hotel personnel and many local residents.

On behalf of the community of San Pedro, Ambergris Today would like to express its most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the late Maria Antonia Plaza Gomez.

Lady Dixie Bowen with the opening remarks

Mayor Elsa Paz expresses condolences on behalf of island residents

Gach Guerrero of Maya Island Air reads letter from Maria's Family

Memorial attendants pay respect to Maria at scene of the crime

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