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#513593 - 05/08/16 04:56 AM Island footballer found murdered on South AC  
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San Pedro police are investigating the murder of local athlete Melvin Almendarez, who was killed Friday night, May 6th. Almendarez’s body was found in the Mosquito Coast Area of South Ambergris Caye shortly after 10PM with a single gunshot wound to the head. The events that led to the murder are not yet known, but San Pedro Police have confirmed that a Canadian National has been detained in relation to Almendarez’s death.

According to official reports, members of the South Ambergris Caye Neighborhood Watch (SACNW) were startled when they heard a gunshot in their neighborhood around 10PM. They immediately notified the San Pedro Police Department. Upon the arrival of the police to the area, a search was conducted to determine the source of the gun shot sounds. Around 10:30PM Almendarez’s body was discovered lying in a pool of blood across from the Belize Consolidated Water Services lagoon.

Police have since secured the crime area and are waiting for the Scenes of Crime Inspectors to arrive from mainland Belize to process the area. Following the inspection, Almendarez’s body will be transported to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital in Belize City for a postmortem examination. Results from the analysis of the scene may lead to the prosecution of the person currently in police custody over the murder.

Locally known as “Catracho”, Almendarez was a well-known footballer on the island. Family and friends have expressed their sympathies over his death. He is survived by his wife and three children.

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#513632 - 05/10/16 05:23 AM Re: Island footballer found murdered on South AC [Re: Marty]  
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Still no arrests in murder of Melvin Almendarez

The San Pedro Police Department continue their investigation in the murder of 31-year-old local athlete Melvin Almendarez, Honduran National.

At the crime scene, investigators were unable to find an expended shell from the presumable weapon used in the murder. As to the motive for his murder, that remains a mystery, as the police are still trying to put all information together on the incident. “So far we have been unable to establish a motive as the investigation is very young,” said Officer in Charge of the Coastal Executive Unit Superintendent Sandra Bowden. “We have some information we are working on, however, at this time there isn’t much that we would be able to reveal in terms of what has been done so far and where are going with the investigation.” Bowden indicated that no evidence was found that could point to any illicit activity that would have led to the murder. She also mentioned that Almendarez was not known to be a trouble maker to the police, and in fact, was well known in the community as a talented football player.

The Almendarez family is devastated, and according to his wife Nancy Almendarez, they demand justice and hope police punish the culprit responsible for his death. “He did not deserve to die like that; he was a good husband and father. He was a role model for the children, particularly in football. It was his life. Everybody will miss him,” she said. Mrs. Almendarez realizes that she will now be father and mother to their three children, and even though it will not be easy, she understands that life must go on.

Funeral arrangements for Almendarez are been arranged for either Tuesday, May 10th or Wednesday May 11th, and family members continue to ask anyone that would like to assist them with expenses to feel free to approach them.

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