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Thursday, 05 April 2018 00:00

Manuel Canales, a 40 year-old Naturalized Belizean living in Belize City, did not live to enjoy the Easter vacation like he and his family had planned. Canales was stabbed to death by a man identified as a former workman of his.

Police say that on the night of Holy Thursday, March 29, they had to visit the KHMH following a report that a man was injured in a stabbing on the street. When the officers arrived, they found Canales suffering from a stab wound to the stomach area.

According to police investigation, Canales was on his way home to his house on the “London Bridges” off Antelope Street Extension. He was in the company of another man walking, and he was about 200 yards away from his front door. He never made it because he was allegedly approached by a man, later identified as 20 year-old Evyn Ardon. The cops say that Ardon stabbed him in the abdomen area.

Canales was rushed to the KMHH in a critical condition, and unfortunately, by the next day, at around 6 a.m., he passed away while receiving treatment.

His stepson, Willfred Blanco, told the press that Canales was a hardworking person with an ability to get those around him laughing.

Describing his personality, Blanco said, “My stepfather was a cool person always laughing, playing around, everybody in the neighborhood knows him. He never had a problem with anybody, from home to work. He goes about his business the way he wants to go. Problem, like that, we’re never involved in problems like that.”

It is unclear to the family what disagreement led to Canales’ stabbing, but his family says that he was acquainted with Ardon, who was his workman for a short bit of time some months ago. By trade, Canales was a mason and a contractor.

Ardon was escorted to the Belize City Magistrate Court on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 where he was arraigned before Chief Magistrate Sharon Fraser on a single charge for murder. Ardon appeared unrepresented before the magistrate who explained to him that because the charge is an indictable offense, no plea would be taken. He was also not offered bail and remanded to the Belize Central Prison until May 29, 2018.