The first murder of the year on Ambergris Caye took place this past weekend on Saturday, January 26, 2013, during the early hours of the morning at a popular night club in San Pedro Town. The vicious murder of 25-year-old Byron Estrada took place inside the restroom of Daddy Rock’s Night Club; Estrada was stabbed multiple times and succumbed to his injuries soon after.
According to police reports, Byron Estrada, boat captain of San Pedrito Area, was found lying on the ground with multiple stab wounds to the neck, chest and back. Investigations revealed that Byron Estrada (Espat) was inside Daddy Rock Night Club socializing with friends and reportedly went to use the restroom where he was approached by a male person of dark complexion who allegedly inflected the said multiple injuries to Estrada.
Estrada was taken to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez Poly Clinic where he was pronounced dead at 4:32a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2013. It is reported that Estrada had about 22 stab wounds in his body. Later on that day, police detained several persons for questioning and after questioning and identification of the person by witnesses, police formally arrested and charged for murder Edward Barahona of the Escalante Area of San Pedro.
Police are still investigating the motive of the murder, but strongly believe that it is as a result of an ongoing rivalry and drug related. Byron Estrada is the second son in his family to have died under similar circumstances. In June 2012 his eighteen year old brother Charlie Espat was found buried in the village of Santa Martha, Orange Walk District on the old Northern Highway in the mainland.