Friday, June 5th 2015. Chrisbert Garcia Reporting: The unexpected and saddening murder of 39 year old wife and mother, Paula Garcia, occurred in the wee hours of the morning yesterday, June 4th.
Paula, along with her husband and 5 children, had just moved from Orange Walk to an area on the ‘More Tomorrow Road’ last Saturday after her husband took a new job as the caretaker of Michael Flower’s farm.
This quiet and peaceful area, located on the Western highway, just before Belmopan, has never been known for these types of incidents but yesterday, gunshots rang out and one hit Paula in the neck, killing her almost instantly as she lay in her bed.
According to reports given by Paula’s husband, at around 1:00 a.m.on Thursday morning, he heard the dogs barking from the pig pen area which was behind the house and when he opened the door to go and check what was happening, gunshots started to fly.
He says that he quickly ordered all the children to lay flat on the floor and ordered his wife Paula to do the same but before she could, a bullet hit her in the neck and she bled to death on the bed.
The owner of the farm believes that the shooting was a result of another pig theft attempt since 5 pigs were stolen from there just 2 weeks ago.
An account of the incident given by farm owner Michael Flowers reads: “On arriving here at my farm I discovered that some people came apparently to steal some more pigs from me, because I have lost several pigs over the past few months and it seems like they have returned to steal some more pigs. At that time the caretaker did not have a lot of dogs and the caretaker was very old. But I just change caretaker on Saturday of last week and it was an entire family this time and they were much younger than the previous caretaker and they brought a lot of dogs with them. So, according to the caretaker, about 1:00a.m. he heard some noise and he heard that the dogs were barking by the pig pen and he decided that he was going to go and check. As he opens the door, gunshots started to fly. It seems like there was one person in front of the house and there were another coming from the pig pen chasing the dogs and both of them start shooting at the house and during which the wife got shot and sadly she died.”
Flowers also expressed how he felt towards the Garcia family: “I must say that these people were very nice people. They were excited to take care of the farm and I was excited also to have them on the farm, because they seem like genuine farmers and I was very excited. It hurts and it pains my heart to just incident happening on my farm. It pains my heart to see somebody who is trying and myself who has the vision of having one of the biggest pig farm in this area. All that goals and aims that I have somehow got shuttered, because I cannot believe people would actually kill just like that – just for a few pigs.”
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