Screen_Shot_2014-08-21_at_5.58.08_PMOne man is detained by Police for shooting and killing his older brother during a hunting trip on Wednesday night. The family of Gumercindo Ernesto Mendoza is still reeling in from the tragedy that unfolded sometime around eleven last night. Reports are that sixty-five year old Gumercindo Ernesto Mendoza and his brother, sixty-three year old Celso Moreno headed to their hunting grounds two miles South West on the Yo Creek Road. Mendoza’s wife Rosa Elena Garcia spoke with us and says her husband left about a quarter to seven yesterday night and indicated that he would be meeting his brother at their hunting area. Moreno told police that he and his brother went in separate directions and stuck to that strategy until around eleven in the night when he sighted a deer with his flashlight. Moreno says he fired a single shot from his licensed 12 gauge single action shotgun which missed his target and hit his brother instead. Moreno also explained what happened to his family.


Rosa Elena Garcia – Wife of Deceased


“Se dirigieron para la área de Yo Creek allí pegado a los terrenos de Cuello y pues allí ellos tienen su finquita adonde cosechan maíz, frijol así que se fueron para haya.”


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“Su cuñado, que es lo que está diciendo?”


Rosa Elena Garcia – Wife of Deceased


“Él dice que él no lo quiso hacer que el no vio a su hermano y que el soltó el tiro porque el vio el venado pero fue a su hermano y dice que cuando el tiro se soltó como que el había cazado la carabina y entonces el vio el venado y no le disparo parece y entonces cuando el tiro se le fue dice que el oyó cuando grito y entonces cuando corrió era su hermano que estaba botado y dice que solo le dijo no te vallas y él le dijo aha y dice que haya al instante falleció y el aviso y eso fue, y a nosotros nos vinieron a visar que lo sucedió.”

 

Rosa Elena Garcia – Wife of Deceased


“Dice que así por su cara este lado así allí le dispararon pero como la carabina extiende el plomo entonces le derrotó todo el pecho así una parte del pecho y en la cara.”


It was not the first time that the brothers had gone hunting together. Police say they have been informed that this was something they did together for at least thirty three years. Garcia told us that she can attest to this saying the brothers were inseparable.


Dalila Ical – Reporter


“La familia está viendo esto como un accidente simplemente?”


Rosa Elena Garcia – Wife of Deceased


“Pues eso es lo que paso fue un accidente porque ellos han salido así desde que yo conozco a mi esposo y a mi cuñado ellos son inseparables. Ellos nunca han tenido nada de problemas se van a pescar juntos, a buscar leña juntos, pasa un avisa al otro así que yo no creo que eso haiga sido como bastantes creen ellos eran inseparables.”

It is a difficult situation for the family says Garcia and despite their loss, they don’t wish to press for court action. The police though has detained Celso Moreno pending the outcome of their investigations.


Rosa Elena Garcia – Wife of Deceased


“Yo lo vi que estaba llorando y dice que no esperaba eso y que él no es culpable y que él no quiere ver más de carabina él dice que él se quiere morirse también.  Para nosotros no se le hagan cargo porque suficiente es dejar un hermano porque ellos eran inseparables pero las cosas suceden así que no podemos echarle el cargo a le nada.”

 

Joheph Myvett


“A twelve gauge single action shotgun was retrieve from Moreno whilst a 16 gauge single action shotgun and a machete were retrieved from beside Gumercindo Mendoza who is deceased, we have recorded several statements in this regard and have transmitted these statements to the office of the DPP in order for her direction, at this time Mr. Moreno is detained pending directive of the DPP.”


Police found Gumercindo Mendoza lying on the ground face up with wounds to the hands, abdomen and the left side of his head. His body was transported to the Northern Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival at 2:50 this morning. The body now awaits a postmortem examination.

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