Murder/Suicide Attempt?

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 6            February 8, 2006

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Doug Campbell, Tres Cocos resident.

Police question neighbors on the shooting.

Police prepare to leave the crime scene of the Doug Campbell residence.

What exactly happened between two men on Thursday, February 2nd, 2006, is still uncertain. The only thing known is that Danilo Villatoro lost his life, while William Douglas Campbell is still holding on to his. Reports are that both men were drinking heavily when they decided to end their lives, as part of a murder/suicide pact on that fateful day.

   Officers from the San Pedro Police Department responded to a call from Campbell’s neighbors around the midday hour after they heard what seemed to them to be gunshots. Officers arrived at the Tres Cocos residence where they discovered both men in the living room suffering from gunshot wounds. Villatoro was already dead sitting on a sofa with a single gunshot wound to his left ear. Campbell, unconscious, but still alive, was sitting on a sofa opposite Villatoro. A .38 handgun, with two spent shells from the cylinder, was discovered on the floor next to Campbell. Between the two atop a center table was a bottle of rum and a bottle of juice.

   Campbell was rushed to Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital via air ambulance where he remains in a critical condition.

   Police said that both, 39-year-old Villatoro and U.S. national, 66-year-old Campbell had been having marital problems and both their wives had left the men. According to neighbors, both men were known to be heavy drinkers and Campbell had threatened to take his own life on several occasions.

   Police investigation into the incident continues, and they are awaiting Campbell to make a recovery and let them know exactly what happened that day. Officers have ruled out the possibility of a robbery as Campbell’s house was intact and nothing had been taken. Mr. Campbell is a long time resident of San Pedro and a leading advocate for community safety.
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