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3 women murdered at start of Women’s Month 2024!

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2024. 11:08 am CST.

By Zoila Palma Gonzalez: Women’s Month is observed annually in March. This year’s theme is ‘Inspire Inclusion: Count Her In’.

Sadly, three women have lost their lives in Belize at the commencement of Women’s Month.

On March 2, 2024, authorities discovered the lifeless body of Breeann Kyle inside her home in Libertad Village, Corozal. Kyle was reportedly murdered at the hands of her common-law husband Jaquan Smith who later committed suicide.

Then, on March 9, 2024, another tragic murder/suicide and case of femicide gripped the nation when Belize City Administrator Stephanie Lindo Garbutt and her husband Wallace Garbutt were found dead inside their home.

The People’s United Party’s United Women’s Group (UWG) issued a statement expressing condolences on Stephanie’s death.

“Wе аrе соnfrоntеd wіth thе brutаl rеаlіtу оf fеmісіdе аѕ wе mоurn thе trаgіс lоѕѕ оf Ѕtерhаnіе Lіndо Gаrbutt, а ріllаr оf оur соmmunіtу аnd thе Веlіzе Сіtу Соunсіl’ѕ Сіtу Аdmіnіѕtrаtоr. Ѕtерhаnіе’ѕ lіfе wаѕ сruеllу tаkеn іn а ѕеnѕеlеѕѕ асt оf vіоlеnсе, аllеgеdlу bу hеr huѕbаnd, Оѕwаld Wаllасе Gаrbutt, whо thеn еndеd hіѕ оwn lіfе. Тhеіr сhіld nоw fасеѕ thе unіmаgіnаblе grіеf оf lоѕіng bоth раrеntѕ. Іt’ѕ nоt јuѕt а ѕtаtіѕtіс; іt’ѕ а hеаrtbrеаkіng lоѕѕ оf lіfе, lеаvіng fаmіlіеѕ ѕhаttеrеd аnd соmmunіtіеѕ іn mоurnіng,” thе UWG ѕtаtеd.

The Belmopan Community is also shaken by a heinous mass shooting that occurred on Tuesday in Belmopan.

Just around 3:30 pm, a lone gunman targeted a family who were having ice cream at the market.

The suspect, a man of Nigerian descent attacked them with a 9mm gun.

The suspect chased down the mother and fatally shot her.

He then chased down the children and opened fire killing one of them.

The suspect then reportedly turned himself in.

At the commencement of women’s month, this is a dark and brutal time for women in Belize.

Every year, we march on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women but what are the actions being taken to protect our women?

 

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