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Thursday, 19 April 2018 00:00

Two Ladyville families, that of 48 year-old Mark Sewell, and 42 year-old Gabriel Escalante are mourning after they were murdered while they were on their jobs at a fishing camp on Caye Largos.

On Friday, April 13, 2018 at around 3:00 a.m., police responded to a report of a double murder on Caye Largos, located four miles south of Caye Caulker Village. Upon arrival, officers observed the motionless body of a Hispanic male person apparently dead with multiple gunshot wounds to the body. That body was found on the lower flat of a three story building. Further checks at the building resulted in the discovery of a second deceased person, a male person of a brown complexion, apparently dead with 1 apparent gunshot wound to the left side of the neck and 1 to the upper back. The second body was found on the verandah on the third floor of that building.

The body of the Hispanic person was identified as Gabriel Escalante, a resident of Poinsettia Street in Ladyville Village and the body of the second person was identified as that of Mark Sewell, also of a Ladyville address. Escalante worked as a fisherman while Sewell worked as the caretaker of the property and they were good friends.

Initial police investigations revealed that on Thursday, April 12 at about 11:30 p.m., the two men were socializing on the third floor of the building with another male person, not yet identified, and at some point, Escalante went downstairs. The male person fired two shots at Sewell then went downstairs and fired several shots at Escalante.

Persons close to the deceased give a different version of events. According to that version, a gunman fled to Caye Largos after carrying out an armed robbery on Caye Caulker. He then stole Escalante’s and Sewell’s boat after murdering both men. This version also says that the third person who was socializing was the one to call the police and it was another person, one that docked on the island with other persons around 3:00 a.m., that killed Escalante and Sewell.

The families of both men say that their murders are completely unexpected, since they were both hardworking individuals.

Escalante’s mother-in-law told the press that he spoke with his common-law wife, her daughter, the night before he was killed. He told them that he was coming home Friday, and that he had caught fish for the household to prepare. He never made it home; someone killed him on his job site. He leaves behind 2 children.

Residents of Ladyville say that Sewell is also a father.