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very sad, Leslie Maldonado murdered in Melchor

Posted By: Marty

very sad, Leslie Maldonado murdered in Melchor - 07/27/06 06:52 PM

San Pedro DJ Murdered in Melchor

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A San Pedro deejay has been murdered in Guatemala. The victim is 21-year-old Leslie Maldonado who worked on-air at Reef Radio. The official police story is that last night they were informed by authorities in Guatemala that the body of a Belizean female was found with two gunshots to the chest area. Around noon today Leslie's father and sister went to Guatemala to claim her body.

Maldonado reportedly left for Guatemala on Monday, July 24th. She had taken a week off from Reef Radio on Monday the 17th to take care of what she told her bosses was an "important matter." She was due back at work on Monday the 24th, the same day she left for Melchor. She never got back to work...and her body was found last night.

She worked the 6 to 11 shift on Reef Radio and had been working there for over a year. Our information is that Leslie traveled to Guatemala frequently. Leslie was born in Orange Walk but grew up on San Pedro. Her mother is in Honduras.

Police do not know what was the motive for the killing.

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my heart goes out to her family and the folks at Reef Radio. what a sad day.
Posted By: GAY AND DAVID

Re: very sad, Leslie Maldonado murdered in Melchor - 07/27/06 07:21 PM

may she rest in peace
Posted By: travelqueen

Re: very sad, Leslie Maldonado murdered in Melchor - 07/27/06 07:33 PM

frown Only 21... sad indeed! Prayers for the family...
Posted By: deacon+

Re: very sad, Leslie Maldonado murdered in Melchor - 07/27/06 07:38 PM

sending prayers as well
Posted By: DB

Re: very sad, Leslie Maldonado murdered in Melchor - 07/28/06 03:19 AM

How tragic, no matter the age, but only a child.
Definitely prayers going out.
Posted By: Marty

Re: very sad, Leslie Maldonado murdered in Melchor - 07/28/06 07:55 AM

Family mourns San Pedrana killed in Guatemala
It won't show up in Belize's official crime statistics, but the murder of a popular San Pedro disc jockey in Guatemala has left Ambergis Caye in a state of shock. Today I visited the island to dig deeper into the tragedy.

Jacqueline Godwin, Reporting
Today a candle remains lit inside the studio where twenty-one year old Lesly Maldonado worked as an announcer at Reef Radio. Maldonado who was the only female radio announcer on the island was killed while she was on vacation in the Guatemalan Town of Melchor De Mencos, just across the western border.

According to Karol Maldonado, her sister told them that she was heading to Melchor to purchase a vehicle. The family believes Maldonado was set up and killed for the seven thousand dollars she was reportedly carrying to make the purchase.

Karol Maldonado, Sister of the Deceased
“She was going to Melchor exactly to get a Camry car. We do not know the description of the car, but we know the car was for a lady that was one of her friends’ aunt. The girl was here Sunday and Monday because they left Monday.”

The family says they do not know at what time that day Maldonado may have crossed the border but around five that evening she called them to say that she was back in Belize and that she was heading home. Because it was late she said she would not make the last flight to San Pedro. The family says Maldonado did not say if she had bought the car and they do not know if she spent that night with friends in Benque Viejo but when she did not return home the following day her brother called his sister to find out what was the problem. That’s when Karol says Lelsy told her brother that she was going to come home shortly but that she needed to go and get the vehicle in Guatemala. Karol says her brother then became concerned about his sister’s safety and warned her not to make the trip.

Karol Maldonado
“Don’t go there, its too dangerous for you to go with money there. So she said, no man I’ll be ok. That was last time we heard from her.”

The phone call occurred around two on Tuesday afternoon. The family say they do not know if at the time Maldonado was in trouble but their investigation has since revealed that around seven that morning Lesly crossed the border back into Melchor. Karol says her sister’s friend who is from Guatemala, and the person who accompanied Maldonado to Melchor has since told them that the last time she saw Lesly was around five that Tuesday evening after she left her home in Guatemala presumably to return to Belize. The family believes the girl knows more than what she has been telling authorities.

Karol Maldonado
“She knows what was going on and what happened to Lesly after five o’clock that she said she left Lesly. That Lesley jumped in a little yellow kind of motorcycle taxi. I know she knows more than that. She knows more than that, but she doesn’t want to say it because she said that people from Melchor were telling her that the second person is her.”

Around seven on Wednesday morning Guatemalan authorities contact their Belizean counterparts to say they discovered a female body in Melchor. Maldonado had been shot twice to the upper part of her chest. The family say what is troubling is that when they viewed the body the clothes Maldonado was wearing had no bullet holes.

Karol Maldonado
“No … it didn’t. It looked like she was naked and they shot her. These guys had the guts to change her again and throw her on the road like a dog.”

The family and police believe that Maldonado was killed at one location and then her body was dumped where it was found. Today the family also took time to respond to reports that drugs may have been involved.

Karol Maldonado
“It’s not true. I just ask the people not to say that because right now it’s really hurtful for all of us. We don’t assume one hundred percent that this is true. We don’t know but that was what she told us that she wanted her little car here.”

Ian Leiva, Manger, Reef Radio
“She was a very active person in the community. Everybody knew her well. She was very outgoing. She use to like to party a lot. She had a lot of friends that would come by the station and bring her ice cream, food, etc. She was very well known and very well liked.”

Meanwhile at Ninety-two point Three F.M, the mod remains sombre as staff and listeners have been calling with condolences.

Ian Lieva
“We have been getting phones calls after phone calls. People really liked her show. The way she use get along with people on the air, and interact with them.”

The Maldonado family says they do not believe their loved one’s killer will ever be found but are urging anyone with information to please contact the authorities.

Karol Maldonado
“I do not think so … I don’t think so. I will pray that they do and they give us a name, but we will leave it in God’s hands.”

Maldonado, the mother of two young children, will be buried Friday in San Pedro following funeral services at her family's home. She is not the first Belizean to be killed in Guatemala. In 2004 fifty-five year old Carlota Yacab of Benque Viejo was murdered, also in Melchor de Mencos.
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