By Jem Smith
Orange Walk police are working to determine whether the death of a Trial Farm resident was accidental or intentional. Jillian Garcia was the victim of a traffic accident that claimed his life but there might be more to the story. According to reports, the 19-year-old was along with three others leaving Cantina’s Mix Cool Spot in Trial Farm Village on Sunday night when he and four other persons became involved in an altercation. Eyewitnesses say that he and a woman became engaged in a verbal dispute but he opted to walk away. Still, trouble seemed to follow him when a group of four pursued him.
They got into a vehicle, a Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, and claimed to lose control before fatally hitting Garcia. Witnesses to the incident, however, are saying that the vehicle was traveling at a high speed when they ran him over and crashed into a lamppost. It is said that the occupants of the vehicle fled the scene but have since been identified and detained by police. They are 26-year-old Marny Chable, 23-year-old Amir Gonzalez, the driver, and two minors, 15 and 16.
While police are taking their version of events into consideration before making any assumptions, they are of the view that it would be too much of a coincidence for them to have lost control of their vehicle and run Garcia over right after an argument. To make matters worse, the vehicle was set on fire, likely eliminating any possible evidence on the possible murder weapon. Garcia’s mother is calling on the Belize Police Department to conduct a thorough investigation into the death of her son.
By Jem Smith