No leads into murder of Tropic Air employee in Guatemala

By Marion V. Ali
Staff Reporter

Benque Viejo police have no leads in the Good Friday shooting murder of Belizean, Edwin Javier Chan, 22, a resident of Succotz Village, Cayo, and an employee of Tropic Air who was murdered in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala over the Easter Holidays and laid to rest on Easter Monday in his home village.
Chan, The Reporter has been able to confirm, left Belize to go socializing in Melchor de Mencos on Good Friday afternoon. They were at a riverside party in a remote area of Melchor and his friends reported to police that they left him around 9 p.m. and returned to Benque.

The Reporter has been able to establish that when Melchor police discovered Chan around 8 a.m on Saturday, he was near a bar and a hotel in the same general location. He was beaten, apparently with a “blunt object” about the face and shot in the left side of the head, but interestingly, his wallet, jewelry and passport were all on him. So far Guatemalan police have no leads into this murder.

Chan’s mother, Maria Domotila Perez, was also murdered this year. In January, her body was discovered face-down in some grass on Green Gold Farm in Independence Village, Stann Creek. She had suffered multiple chop wounds less than a day after traveling from Benque Viejo to the location.

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