By Alexis R. Milan Staff Reporter
A 19-year-old man of an Aloe Vera Street address, was arraigned in the Supreme Court on Monday for last week’s home invasion and double-homicide at 47 Mopan Street.
Khaleel Careem Ponce was arrested on Friday and charged with two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder and two counts of dangerous harm.
He was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Anne Marie Smith and is scheduled to return to court on October 1st.
Ponce is accused of being the shooter who killed food vendor Carlos Mayorga and his employee, Alida Ascencio, who died from her wounds several days after the incident on July 26th.
Mayorga’s daughter and a family friend were also shot during the home invasion.
Ponce is believed to be one of two intruders who entered the Mopan Street home through the back door in the early morning hours. The assailants demanded money from Mayorga and got away with $2,000 and several of the women’s phones.
The people in the house were lined up. Mayorgawas ordered to kneel, then shot. He died on the scene.
Ascencio and the two other women were shot once each before the men made off.
Mayorga’s wife, who was in Honduras to do a surgery on her eye and had taken their two other children with her, rushed back to Belize after hearing the news about her husband’s death.
The family believes that their work routine had been studied for some time and that’s how the men knew they could sneak in through a rear door when Mayorga and his work crew, who were food vendors, were busy preparing the food they would be selling later that day.