Prayer Vigil For Murdered Garifuna American Teenager EVA SUAZO at Soundview Park in the Bronx on SATURDAY May 3rd 2014

 

(at right) Santa Suazo and Mario Suazo hold up a photo of their daughter Eva Suazo, who was found shot to death, at Million Mom Rally Against Gun Violence on Saturday, May 11th 2013.  Photo courtesy of Mott Haven Herald.

(at right) Santa Suazo and Mario Suazo hold up a photo of their daughter Eva Suazo, who was found shot to death, at Million Mom Rally Against Gun Violence on Saturday, May 11th 2013. Photo courtesy of Mott Haven Herald.

 

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Bronx, New York — “Someone knows something…” is a phrase that continues to ring true for the Suazo family eighteen years after Garifuna American Teenager Eva Suazo was found shot to death at Soundview Park.  That the murder remains unsolved haunts the family and the Suazos are asking any friends, family or anyone who knows someone who was a victim of Gun Violence to join them at a Prayer Vigil for Eva Suazo today (SATURDAY, May 3rd 2014) at Soundview Park in the Bronx.   1

Prayer Vigil for Murdered Garifuna American Teenager EVA SUAZO to take place at Soundview Park in the Bronx Today (SATURDAY, May 3rd 2014).

Prayer Vigil for Murdered Garifuna American Teenager EVA SUAZO to take place at Soundview Park in the Bronx Today (SATURDAY, May 3rd 2014).

On April 30th 1996, the body of Eva Elizabeth Suazo was found riddled with bullets in Soundview Park in the Bronx.  She was shot 5 times,  once to the head and four times to the chest.  She was 15 years old and a freshman at Adlai Stevenson High School in the Bronx at the time of her murder.   2

Garifuna American Teenager EVA SUAZO.  NY Daily News Photo.

Garifuna American Teenager EVA SUAZO. NY Daily News Photo.

The Suazos, Honduran immigrants of Garifuna descent, remain frustrated at the lack of closure regarding the murder of their loved one.  They participated at the March Against Gun Violence (a.k.a. Million Moms March) in the Bronx on May 11th 2013 and told David Greene of the Norwood News, “All of the homicide detectives who worked on my daughter’s case have retired already.”  Can you imagine not having ANY answers as to the murder of a loved one so many years (sixteen to be exact) after the fact?

The Suazos (Mario Suazo and Santa Suazo) are asking any families who have lost loved ones to Gun Violence to join them at their vigil for their murdered daughter Eva Suazo on SATURDAY May 3rd 2014.  If she had lived, she would have been 33 (She was born on June 8th 1980).  The vigil is scheduled to begin at 2pm.  Local politicians and press have been invited to this vigil.

REWARD for any information leading to the capture of the person or people responsible for the murder of Garifuna American Teenager EVA SUAZO.

REWARD for any information leading to the capture of the person or people responsible for the murder of Garifuna American Teenager EVA SUAZO.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $2000 in cash for information leading to the arrest and indictment of the person(s) responsible for the death of Eva Suazo.  Eva Suazo was last seen alive on MONDAY, April 29th 1996 when she left her home to go to school.  On Tuesday, April 30th 1996, Eva Suazo was found dead in the rear of 1711 Lacombe Avenue, Bronx (a field inside of Soundview Park).   If you have any information, call 1 (800) 577-TIPS.  You don’t have to give your name.  You will be paid by Code Number.

Soundview Park is in the Clason Point area of the South Bronx. It’s on Bronx River Avenue between Lafayette Avenue and Surf Drive.  To get there, you can take the 6 train to the Morrison Ave-Soundview subway stop.  From there, take the BX 27 Bus going to Clason Point and it’ll take you right to that park.

Here is a Bronx News 12 story on the prayer vigil for Murdered Garifuna American Teenager, Eva Suazo.

The Garifuna people are people of African descent (in other words, Black people) whose ancestry can be traced to Africans mixing with Carib Indians and Arawak Indians on the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Vincent.  From this fusion of race and ethnicities in St. Vincent Island, a distinct culture and language arose.  They are noted for being one of the few (only?) peoples of African descent (again, in other words, Black people) in the Americas to have maintained aspects of their ancestral culture and full use of their ancestral language for everyday use over the course of hundreds of years.

After being defeated in war with the British on St. Vincent in 1796; 1004 men,  1779 women and 1,555 children for a total of 4,338 people (mostly Black Caribs, as the Garifuna people  were then known) were captured and taken to Baliceaux, a small island, a rock, basically, off the coast of St. Vincent.  This took place from July 1796 through February/March 1797.  About 2,000 Garifunas died of a mysterious and very infectious fever while living on Baliceaux awaiting their fate.

In early March 1797, the remaining Garifunas were loaded onto the HMS Experiment and other ships.  Once they were rounded up, the convoy were taken to a Bequia, which is another island off the coast of St. Vincent. They proceeded to go to Grenada to get water, then Jamaica for refueling, then finally Roatan, Honduras, arriving on April 12th 1797.

Finding much of Roatan unliveable, the Garifuna people petitioned officials representing Spain and it’s government (which controlled much of Central America at the time) to be allowed to move to the Honduran mainland.  Upon being allowed to move to the Honduran mainland, the Garifunas settled many towns and villages along the Caribean coast of Honduras.  They also migrated to the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Belize (then known as British Honduras) and Nicaragua over the years.

 

Notes:

  1. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/bronx/vigil-set-slain-bronx-girl-killed-18-years-article-1.1776156
  2. http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/news/book-bag-s-slain-girl-article-1.714648

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