Emerito Itza succumbs to injuries at the KHMH
Monday, October 15th, 2012
San Pedro Police has initiated a murder investigation following the death of a man who was receiving treatment at the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH). The man, 46 year old Emerito Itza who lived on Ambergris Caye, is originally from Soccutz Village in the Cayo District and was one of two men who were attacked, beaten and left along the beach in San Pedro Town.
Police confirmed to the San Pedro Sun that Itza succumbed to his injuries Monday on the morning, October 15th. Initial investigation indicate that both Itza and 24 year old Marwin Lizama were socializing along the beach at about 7PM on Wednesday October 10th at the eastern end of Sandpiper Street when they were attacked by a group of young men. It is alleged that the group of men then hit Itza and Lizama several times in the head with a piece of wood. When police officials responded with a doctor, they observed Itza in an unconscious state.
Both men were taken to the Dr. Otto Rodriguez San Pedro Poly-Clinic II for treatment. Lizama was treated and release but Itza had a swollen right eye along with other injuries, and appeared to be the seriously wounded.
However, he was released into the care of a friend, with the doctor making frequent checks on him throughout the night. When police and doctor made a follow-up visit on Thursday the morning, October 11th, they noticed that Itza was still in an unconscious state. He was taken back to the clinic where arrangements were made to fly him out to the KHMH.
Itza underwent surgery for severe head injuries but ultimately succumbed to his injuries early this morning. According to San Pedro Police, a criminal investigation has been initiated. No one has been arrested however police are following several leads as their investigation continues.