Murder in Boca Del Rio

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 18, No. 7            February 14, 2008

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Alvaro Galvez, deceased

The body was transferred onto a waiting boat and taken to KHMH for a post mortem

In the wee hours of Monday morning, some residents of the Boca del Rio Area were awakened by the sound of gunshots ringing through the air. Some heard a couple, some heard five, others heard more. Others report hearing a boat speeding away but on Tuesday morning, police officers say that no report had been made to their department about any gun shots.

    Neighbors on Tuesday called The San Pedro Sun office inquiring if we had heard of any gun shots fired in that area. A call was placed to the police department who stated that no report had been made by anyone. However, these same neighbors were awakened on Wednesday to the news that a body had been found two houses away from them.

    Mike Madrid, contractor, was concerned for his employee, who he had not seen since the end of the day on Monday, and decided to go look for Alvaro Galvez at home. “The last time I saw him was on Monday at 5:00 p.m. when we got off work. He did not show up on Tuesday and when he did not come to work on Wednesday I decided to come find him,” commented Madrid. Arriving at his apartment, located in the Boca del Rio Area, next to Barrel Bar, Mike made a gruesome discovery.

    Thirty six-year-old construction worker, Galvez, was found lying face down on the floor of his apartment. A gunshot wound to his left side was apparent to Madrid, who believes that there were more on the body. According to Madrid, the apartment on the first floor of the two story building was locked from the outside. Madrid opened the window and looked inside and saw his body lying on the floor, he then proceeded to break the padlock to get inside. Upon the discovery, he contacted the San Pedro Police Department who sent a team to the scene of the crime.

    Speaking with Assistant Superintendent of Police Denis Arnold, The San Pedro Sun learned that the body was indeed lying face down with several gun shot wounds and in the early stages of decomposition. “We can not ascertain how many wounds the body had, but at the scene, 15 expended shells and a 9mm slug were found.” Although the apartment was locked from the outside, there were no signs of a struggle having taken place there. “We believe that the shots were fired through the open louver windows. It is our strong suspicion that someone opened them and fired all shots through the window.” The expended shells and slug were found inside the apartment. Police are looking at all leads, including the reports of a boat leaving the scene.

    The body was transported via boat to the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital where it awaits a post mortem examination. Police investigation continues. “We can solve this matter,” commented Arnold, “It just surprises me that there were so many gunshots and no one called the station to report it. Please, I appeal to the public, anyone with information, contact me,” he ended.
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