Santa Elena Man killed days before his birthday Print E-mail
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Monday, 30 December 2013 00:00

Santa Elena Resident, 56-year-old, Fredy Lopez Sr. was killed on Monday, December 23rd, in a robbery which happened in front of his family just 2 days before Christmas, which would have been his 57th birthday.

 Lopez was walking in the Kontiki area with his wife, his daughter-in-law, his 10 year-old granddaughter, and his 6 year-old granddaughter at around 9:30 that night. He was taking his grandchildren and their mother home when he was approached by 2 men, one of whom was armed. The men demanded money, but they didn’t have any on them. One of them grabbed Lopez’s wife from behind, and when he bent down to pick up a rock, one of the robbers shot him in the chest. Both men ran off, leaving him to die in his family’s embrace.

 They are devastated because they were already making holiday preparations, which would have included his birthday celebration. His son told the media that Christmas day will never be the same at their house because of the tragedy.

 San Ignacio police have released the names and photographs of 2 main suspects, 27 year old Kevin “Midget” Manzanero, 25 year old Alex “Cat” Reid. They are wanted in connection with this murder, as well as 8 other robberies in the twin towns and surrounding areas which happened over the past month. The most recent one before the Lopez murder happened in the Succotz area where 2 men attacked one of the buses moving through the area. One of the assailants fired a .45 caliber pistol, and its recovered expended shell matches the same one used to kill Fredy Lopez Sr. Investigators say that the descriptions given in 4 of those robberies match these men.