Caye Caulker continues to mourn the tragic death of Lorleen Young

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 19, No. 38            October 8, 2009

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Lorleen Young was manager of Tropic Air Caye Caulker, where she had been employed for 15 years.

The Caye Caulker community is still shaken following the death of a well known community builder, activist, Lion member and exemplary villager. The incident unraveled just before 6:00 on Thursday evening inside the home of 51-year-old Lorleen Young. Young, who was employed as the Caye Caulker Tropic Air Manager, had just returned from work when she was accosted inside her home and brutally murdered.

    According to husband of the victim, Charles Young Sr., he arrived from work when he went to use the bathroom. Charles stated that there he saw his wife lying on the ground, face down in a pool of blood. Charles went on to explain that at first he felt that his wife had fallen and hurt herself. It was not until he picked her up that he saw that Young had been wounded. “When I picked her up I saw a large cut to her neck,” stated a tearful Charles. That is when he realized that his wife had been the victim of a robbery.

    In speaking to the media, Officer in Charge of the Caye Caulker Police Station Sergeant Dirk Dyers stated that sometime around 6:00 p.m., they received a call that a woman had been murdered. Dyers stated that the police then visiting a home on Pueblo Nuevo Avenue in the southern part of the village. Upon arrival they observed a female, later identified as Lorleen Young, lying on the bathroom floor in a large pool of blood. The body had a large cut wound to the throat. Initial police investigations reveal that Young had just arrived from work and were inside when her home was invaded. It was during the home invasion that the perpetrator (s) attacked her, slit her throat and left her to bleed to death. There was no visible sign of forced entry and police believe that the culprit (s) gained entrance through the front door. According to police, the only thing that was stolen from the victim was a small purse containing her personal documents.

    Police have not found the murder weapon but have detained two male persons for the murder and believe that the motive was robbery. It is expected that charges will be brought forward on the two suspected murderers by the end of this week. Young, who is the mother of three, was employed at Tropic Air for 15 years. Prior to working with Tropic Air, Young was teacher for 14 years at the Caye Caulker Roman Catholic School. Police say that Caye Caulker Village had not seen a mother for years. Anyone with information that can assist the police in their investigation is asked to call the nearest police station.
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