Belize City Police have made little progress in their investigation of the murder of the country’s premier theatre lighting and sound technician, Rudy Noel Cruz, 35, who was found stabbed to death in his home last Friday night, June 1.
An early morning visitor arrived to find the door open to Cruz’s home at #21 Allan Pitts Crescent, and Cruz dead on his bed, with multiple stab wounds to his abdomen, chest, rib cage, face and hands.
Police reported that Cruz was lying in the middle of his bed.
There was no reported sign of forced entry to the house, suggesting that Cruz knew his attacker.
Cruz was last seen alive at the Princess Hotel and Casino and reportedly arrived home around 1:00 Friday morning.
The National Institute of History and Culture (NICH) has characterized Cruz’s death as “a great loss to the arts in Belize.”
He had worked for N.I.C.H. until he formed his own company in 2005, the Belize Institute for Theatrical Technology (B.I.T.T.).
Cruz lived alone and was to marry his fiancé, Adelita Samira, on November 17 this year.
He is survived by Adelita; his mother Maria Isabel Calderon; father, Ignacio Cruz Santamaria; sisters Araceli Acosta Cruz and Sandra Cruz; brothers Mark Anthony Cruz; Jeffrey Lashley, Jr., and Javier Cruz II.