Posted: Sunday, June 25, 2023. 6:34 am CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: The sudden and brutal murder of young cook Luis Miguel Beaton on Saturday, June 24th, 2023, has sent shockwaves through Belize City. Beaton, a new employee at the well-known Chon Saan Palace, was tragically killed on his way home from work. The tight-knit community and his devastated colleagues are struggling to come to terms with this senseless act of violence.
Beaton, who was known for his small stature and unbounded energy, had only recently begun his culinary journey at Chon Saan Palace. Despite his short time there, he quickly left a lasting impression on his employer, Lee Mark Chang, and his coworkers, with his enthusiasm for learning and extraordinary dedication to his work.
Lee Mark Chang, visibly shaken, shared a heartfelt tribute on social media recalling their final interaction.
“I’ve just returned home after a long day, only to receive the horrific news that a new staff member, Luis Miguel, was killed on his way home,” Chang’s post began. He remembered Luis as a “short and energetic fellow” who, despite being on the job for only a few days, had made a profound impression.
“He was incredibly happy learning and working simultaneously,” Chang continued. “Don’t let his size deceive you. Luis was diligent and consistently went above and beyond his duties.”
Recalling their last conversation, Chang shared, “When he received his 3-day pay tonight, I casually asked him how much he’d made. He said $175. I replied, ‘for only three days?’ Just imagine how much you’ll earn next week. He smiled and said, ‘Yes, boss.’ Those were his last words to me.”
The poignant message concluded with a solemn “Rest in Peace, Luis,” and expressed condolences to his family and friends.
This heartrending incident has left Belize City reeling, raising disquieting questions about what led to the tragic demise of a promising young man who had just started to carve his niche in the culinary world. As the investigation proceeds, Belize City mourns a bright talent taken away far too soon.
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