Sunday, August 31, 2014. JUAN CAAL Reporting: There is anger and outrage in the quiet community of San Pedro Columbia, Toledo, following the brutal murder of a woman from the village.
The body of 62 year old Agripina Coc was found late Saturday evening with multiple chop wounds to the head and face.
Because of the way the body was found, authorities also believe that she may have been raped; but this will only be confirmed upon conclusion of the post mortem examination.
The husband of the murdered woman, Francisco Coc told the Belize Media Group today that his wife left home around midday on Saturday to visit with a friend in another part of the village.
When the time she normally returns home had passed, Francisco said that he went to the neighbours to ask if they had seen Agripina.
When they said they did see her heading back home, but she had not arrived, Francisco said “that was when I was scared and asked where she went?”
Francisco Coc says that he and other family members organized a search for Agripina, described as a peaceful, Christian woman.
The search group soon made the gruesome discovery.
As police begin the task of investigating the homicide in this quiet community, family members of Agripina Coc are telling Belize Media Group that there she had previously reported that she was being harassed by a young man.
The name of that young man is being withheld at this time because he has not yet been named a suspect by the police, nor has authorities acknowledged the allegation being made by Coc’s family.
Twenty four hours after the discovery of Agripina Coc’s body, today a group of about a dozen villagers of San Pedro Columbia, mainly men and young boys gathered in the community with sticks and machetes and went through the village looking for the young man who was reportedly harassing Agripina Coc.
The villagers believe that this young man is responsible for the Coc’s murder.
The angry villagers say they will not tolerate crime in their community and want justice for the well-loved member f the village.
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