Monday, 29 September 2008
I reproduce below the email from Jim Ellis, owner of Mario's that gives a little more information on the murder of Leonidas.
It is with much sorrow that we must inform you of the death of Julio Leonidas Martinez Pinto. One of the Mario's Marina guardians, Leonidas was shot to death, near the pipe line gate between the village of La Esmeralda and Mario?s, by an unknown assailant as he was coming to work the evening of Sunday the 28th of September.
It is the staff here that makes this marina a unique place and is what keeps bringing cruisers back here. If you spent any time sitting in your cockpit after sundown you were more than likely aware of the presence of the guardians as they patrolled throughout the night. Leonidas was one of our long term employees. He enjoyed his work, enjoyed the people and took pride in making sure that we all received a restful nights sleep. It was always reassuring to see the flashlight sweep across my portholes in the middle of the night. I am sure you felt the same way.
We have been receiving requests for information. Here is what is known at this time. The incident is currently under police investigation. The Marina was aware of a personal issue concerning Leonidas and another local Guatemalan. The Marina does not feel that this act of violence was in any way directed toward the Marina or its guests. The Marina does not feel that this incident is in any way connected to other recent occurrences on the Rio Dulce. Leonidas was unarmed at the time of his murder.
Leonidas was a trusted and valued employee of Mario?s and was well liked by the management, other employees, and guests of the Marina. To many of us he was a close and trusted friend. He leaves behind a wife and a young daughter and son. The Marina is doing what it can to help his surviving family with funeral arrangements and expenses.
If you would like to join Mario's live-aboard community in expressing your condolences, you are invited to join them in making a financial contribution to help defray the expenses his family now faces during their difficult time ahead. Should you choose to make a contribution you may do so thru the Marina office.
Services for Leonidas are to be held tonight, 29th of September at his house in Esmeralda.
If you have any questions or need instructions on how to contribute, please feel free to contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org