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Thursday, 29 March 2012 00:00

Evelyn AbregoOn Sunday, March 25, 2012, Antonio Jimenez, 44, a Guatemalan national and resident of Belmopan City, was shot and killed while out hunting with friends.  Police will not be pressing charges against the shooter, who is also a friend of Jimenez.  Jimenez’s death has been classified as an accidental shooting.

According to police, a group of four men, Jimenez, Jose Antonio Ramos, 40;  Victor Flores, 64;  and Raul Gomez, 53, set out at 5:00 a.m., on a hunting expedition 6 miles behind the Maya Mopan Area of Belmopan.

The men had initially separated, spreading out in four different directions.

Police say that Ramos spotted a deer around 9:00 a.m., he fired a single shot at the deer but instead caught Jimenez, who was not visible at first but had surfaced after being shot.

The family explained that it was all an accident.  According to them, Jimenez was shot by Ramos with a 16-gauge shotgun.  All men, except one carried a 16-gauge shotgun; the other man was equipped with a pump-12 shotgun.

Our investigations revealed that after being shot Jimenez walked up to Ramos and claimed to have been shot; the other hunters did not believe at first because he maintained calm; seconds later he collapsed to the ground.

It was at this time that he was rushed to the Western Regional Hospital in Belmopan; he died upon arrival.  Jimenez was not bleeding from his wounds; he sustained two pellet wounds one to the right armpit and another below his right arm.

Evelyn  Abrego, Jimenez’s sister-in-law spoke with us and explained that the entire family is heartbroken over the loss of their loved one: “I was at home when my sister called me and told me, ‘you better calm down and take it easy because we have bad news.’  I was shock but I tried to calm down.”

“She told me that Antonio Jimenez was killed and I started crying.  This situation for her [her sister, Jimenez’s wife] is very hard; we as family members can see she does not feel good, but we try to comfort her.”

“His friends spoke to my sister and my parents and explained that it was by accident.  They saw the deer running and they didn’t see my brother-in-law running behind the deer. They fired the shot and caught him by accident”.

The family says they hold no grudges against Ramos because they are all close friends and that they understand that it was an accident.