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MassamTonight a neighborhood in Corozal Town is still reeling from a gruesome murder that occurred in the usually bustling but tranquil College Road. When the incident played out, many watched in horror as the perpetrator viciously attacked his victim. And while police are investigating the circumstances, they too are no closer to confirming what may have led the altercation to occur. We spoke to both sides of the families today but first; we’ll take you to the scene and share with you what information the authorities have been able to collect so far. Our Corozal Correspondent Victor Castillo has that report.


Victor Castillo – Reporting


Investigators are currently piecing the puzzle to a brutal attack that left one Corozal resident dead. 29 year old Mark Massam was viciously murdered a little after 9 Tuesday night. What onlookers witnessed last night was disturbingly real, a machete wielding madman inflicting as much as 30 chops to his victim. Peter Serano is the Deputy Commander at the Corozal Police Station.


Peter Serrano – Deputy Commander Corozal


“Last night sometime about 9:15, police received information about chopping incident on college road, we immediately respond and on the scene, police could have seen a person inflicting chop wounds on another person, police shouted after the person to stop, drop the machete but refuse, warning shots were fired and the person continued to inflict chopping wounds on the other person who was already on the ground, subsequently two shots were fired at the person who was doing the chopping hitting him on both legs and knee, the person was subdue where his identity was learned to be Carlos Cassanova, 22 years old, Belizean right here from Corozal.  On the ground lying face down was another male person, that person could have been seen with multiple chop wound on the head and upper body.”


It was a gruesome scene and it is believed that Massam bled to death as he suffered grave wounds to the back of his head and lower back, making murder number 7 in the Corozal District the bloodiest murder registered for this year.  But what could have led someone to commit such a horrendous crime?


Peter Serrano – Deputy Commander Corozal


“Initial investigation reveal that, both persons sometime around 9 to 10, they were both riding on separate bicycles in a westerly direction on college road where an argument started and ending up with a machete fight, the matter is presently under investigation and at present I must say that Carlos Cassanova is under a police guard at one of the medical institutions.”


Reporter


“Is police able to tell us at this time, what happened with these two men were they socializing or did they meet up at a certain location before embarking on Collage road?”


Peter Serrano – Deputy Commander Corozal


“Like I mention, that matter is presently under investigation we do not really have such information at hand right now.”


Reporter


“Can you say what caused the fight?”


Peter Serrano – Deputy Commander Corozal


“No, at this time no but at present we have our investigators on the ground doing some work within the area.”

 

Reporter


“Was the murder weapon recovered?”


Peter Serrano – Deputy Commander Corozal


“Yes, as a matter of fact two machetes were recovered from the scene.”


Reporter


“Sir, Do you guys had any reports prior to this or any information that these men had such a conflict ongoing or previous?”


Peter Serrano – Deputy Commander Corozal


“No, there was no such report made at the station.”


Reporter


“Visiting the Scene there was a Chinese store adjacent to where they were and a surveillance camera was there, has police retrieved the surveillance camera from that Chinese assisting in anyway in the investigation?”

 

Peter Serrano – Deputy Commander Corozal


“Yes, that is being done as we speak.”


Reporter


“And in your findings have you watched the video?”


Peter Serrano – Deputy Commander Corozal


“Personally I haven’t watched it but then we will have technicians to come to this control and they will be the ones to view the tape.”


22 year old Carlos Casanova, Belizean Laborer of Corozo Street, Corozal Town who suffered from gunshot injuries to the right thigh, right leg and the left leg below the knee is currently receiving treatment at the KHMH under police guard.


Carlos Cassanova is facing charges of murder. Still, police have been unable to confirm what the circumstances are that led to the altercation but from what we have been able to gather are that Cassanova is reported to be mentally challenged.

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