Posted: Monday, September 25, 2017. 9:42 am CST.
By Zoila Palma: Today marks three years since the death of 20-year-old Special Constable (SC) Danny Conorquie.
Conorquie was a SC of the Tourism Police Unit (TPU), who was gunned down execution style at the Caracol archeological site where he was stationed. At the time of the incident, tourists and tour guides were at the site.
A video filmed by a tourist at the site captured the sound of shots and filmed visitors and guides taking cover.
Police had initially indicated that he was murdered because of a previous incident involving Guatemalan poachers, however, that statement was soon retracted.
According to reports, the tourism police had taken five horses in a routine check of the Caracol area. Authorities believed that the horses belonged to illegal loggers in the area as horses are often used to transport wood from the Chiquibul forest. Conorquie’s killer also stole his weapon and ran off toward the Guatemalan border.
Three years later there has still been no arrest or charges brought against anyone for his death.
Last year, it was reported that the Government of Belize would give $125,000 in compensation to Conorquie’s family. Danny’s mother Jean told BBN that she accepted the offer because it will help to take care of the family which includes two other children and a gand child. https://www.breakingbelizenews.com/2015/09/23/family-danny-conorquie-receive-compensation/
On September 28, 2014 Conorquie was laid to rest with full honors in his hometown in Georgeville, Cayo.
Conorquie has been remembered as a hero to the Belizean people as he died protecting Belizean heritage.
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