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Punta Gorda Resident Killed in Mexico

Punta Gorda Resident Killed in Mexico
May 03
11:10 2019

The family of Punta Gorda native Hakeem Arzu, 27, are trying to find answers in an attempt to establish what led to his execution over the weekend of April 27 in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico.

But those details are scarce and the family, and even Belizean authorities, do not have any information on who killed Arzu, or even what motivated someone to shoot him execution-style in his head and leave him to die on a dirt road between Playa Del Carmen and Cancun.

The only information that was released was via a Mexican Newspaper “Por Esto,” which stated that Arzu’s body was among three others, including a female, which were found discarded in different locations along two dirt roads near Playa Del Carmen on April 27th. Arzu was found with a single gunshot wound to his head and near his body was the body of another dark-skinned individual, riddled with bullet wounds.

Arzu’s family says that he relocated to Playa Del Carmen months ago to live with his girlfriend and they had just had a newborn baby. According to the family, Arzu’s girlfriend did not know that he was dead until family members called her and asked her whether the reports that were circulating were in fact true. The girlfriend reportedly made checks with Mexican authorities and identified the body. She told family members that Arzu left home on Friday indicating that he was going to work, and would be returning home.

On Tuesday, the Reporter reached out to the Honorary Consulate of Belize in Chetumal and spoke to Consul Dr. Luis Montero who indicated that he too was left in the dark. “I heard about the incident via a Mexican newspaper because I did not receive any consular notification and the only recent development I can give you is that his body has already been transported to Belize. They did not give me any call for assistance with the body. I did not get any information on what happened. It was just as if a Belizean did not die in Quintana Roo. Ten minutes ago, a funeral company from Mexico called and notified me that the body has been delivered to Belize,” Montero told this newspaper.

According to Montero, normally Mexican authorities would send him a consular notification indicating that a Belizean was killed in their jurisdiction, and they would provide full details. The Honorary Consul would then inform family members of the deceased in Belize and would offer them any sort of assistance that they would need in making arrangements to transport the body back to Belize. However, in Arzu’s case this was not done.

Family members of the deceased describe him as a quiet person and believe that he was in the wrong place at the wrong time and with the wrong set of friends.

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