Second taxi driver killed in less than a week in San Pedro

By Alexis R. Milan
Staff Reporter

A taxi driver, Donicio Trujillo, was found stabbed to death on a feeder road on the outskirts of San Pedro Town, making him the second taxi operator to be brutally murdered in less than a week on Ambergris Caye.

Trujillo’s body was found on Sunday morning on a road not regularly used on the south side of the town, a road which leads to the garbage transfer station currently under construction. Trujillo’s body had stab wounds and a slash across the throat. He was found a short distance away from his van.

According to Sgt. Lenancio Bol, station sergeant at the San Pedro police station, Trujillo was stabbed in the belly, chest, throat and on his left forearm. Police suspect that Trujillo was the victim of a robbery similar to the murder of another taxi operator, Jose Beltran, last week. That murder was also suspected to have been the result of a robbery.
Bol tried to allay fears that taxi drivers on the island are being targetted, saying there is no evidence to suggest anything of the sort. But at the same time police will remain vigilant.

According to Trujillo’s family, Donicio had no enemies and was a peaceful man so they do not believe he was involved in any conflict with anyone. Since Beltran’s murder last week, three men, 18-year-old Santos Garcia, 19-year-old Mark Arzu and 23-year-old Luis Campos have been charged for that incident and have been remanded to the Hattieville prison.

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