2014 Miss Honduras (WORLD) Maria Jose Alvarado And Her Sister Are Found Murdered in Honduras

 

Copyright 2014 by Teofilo Colon Jr.  (a.k.a. “Tio Teo” or “Teofilo Campeon”) All Rights Reserved.  Telephone: (646) 961-3674.

Twitter:  @beinggarifuna

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/beinggarifuna

Instagram: http://instagram.com/beinggarifuna_com

If you find the BEING GARIFUNA Website helpful and useful, please DONATE.  Every dollar donated helps keep this website in operation.  Donations are accepted via the PAYPAL website so your potential donations are SAFE and SECURE.

Cablotales, Honduras — The bodies of Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado and her sister Sofia Trinidad Alvarado, were found murdered about a week after the two women disappeared and were reported missing.   Upon reading about their disappearance on the internet over this past weekend, I thought to myself, “Uh-Oh”.

2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado Being Crowned in April.  Photo courtesy of usmagazine.com

2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado Being Crowned in April. Photo courtesy of usmagazine.com

The two women were last seen alive on THURSDAY, November 13th 2014, after leaving a birthday party in a resort near Santa Barbara, Honduras.  Honduras Police explained that they were found shot and their bodies buried by the Aguagual River in the village of Cablotales, Honduras.   1

2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado.  Photo courtesy of nbcnews.com

2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado. Photo courtesy of nbcnews.com

Two men, Plutarco Ruiz, the boyfriend of Sofia Trinidad; and another man, Aris Maldonado, were detained and arrested on TUESDAY, November 18th 2014, the authorities seized a Colt-45 pistol and two vehicles.  Honduran National Police Director, Gen Ramon Sabillon told the media that Mr. Ruiz confessed to shooting the two women and that Mr. Maldonado helped him bury the bodies.  In fact, Mr. Ruiz led the police to the burial spot.   2

2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado.  Photo courtesy of ouniversodosconcursos.blogspot.com

2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado. Photo courtesy of ouniversodosconcursos.blogspot.com

The Honduran La Prensa newspaper reported that Honduran Police were investigating whether Mr. Plutarco Ruiz shot Sofia Trinidad in the head after he became jealous when he saw her dancing with another man at his own birthday party.  He then reportedly shot her beauty-queen sister Maria Jose Alvarado twice in the back as she tried to flee.  3

2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado.  Photo courtesy of Jose Luis Zapata Photography

2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado. Photo courtesy of Jose Luis Zapata Photography

Yahoo News also reports that Honduran Police are looking into whether additional suspects tried to help cover up the shooting by cleaning and repainting a used pick-up vehicle used in the crime.  On Wednesday, November 19th 2014, Police arrested resort owner Ventura Diaz, his wife Elizabeth Alvarado; and their daughter Irma Nicolle.  4

2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado.  Photo courtesy of Jose Luis Zapata Photography

2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado. Photo courtesy of Jose Luis Zapata Photography

At the time of her disappearance, 19 year old Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado had already packed her bags and was about to travel to London for the Miss World Beauty Pageant in December.  According to the Honduran La Prensa Newspaper, Out of Respect to the victim, Honduras has decided not to send another contestant in her place.   Maria Jose Alvarado was crowned Miss Honduras World in April.  5

On a side note, 2014 Miss Guatemala World Keyla Bermudez (who is of Garifuna Descent) is in London safe and sound as she prepares to compete for the Miss World crown.

2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado.

2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado.

As far as I can tell, neither Maria Jose Alvarado nor her sister Sofia Trinidad are of Garifuna descent.  However, I am writing about this Honduran news item to remind readers of the dangerous conditions in Honduras, the Central American country with the largest number of Garifuna people living in it.  In fact, the BBC noted that, “According to a 2012 United Nations  report, Honduras has the world’s highest homicide rate, with 90.4 people murdered per 100,000 of the population.”.  It has the highest rate of murder for a country not at war.   6

Beinggarifuna.com extends condolences to the family and friends of Maria Jose Alvarado and Sofia Trinidad Alvarado.  May they Rest In Peace.

If you find the BEING GARIFUNA Website helpful and useful, please DONATE. Every dollar donated helps keep this website in operation.  Donations are accepted through the PAYPAL website, so potential donations are SAFE and SECURE. 


ABOUT The Garifuna People


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.   7

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, namely the port town of Trujillo, Honduras in May 1797; 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.

If you find the BEING GARIFUNA Website helpful and useful, please DONATE. Every dollar donated helps keep this website in operation.  Donations are accepted through the PAYPAL website, so potential donations are SAFE and SECURE. 


2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado.

2014 Miss Honduras World Maria Jose Alvarado.

 

Notes:

  1. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30114841
  2. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30114841
  3. http://news.yahoo.com/honduras-police-recover-bodies-beauty-queen-sister-153250495.html
  4. http://news.yahoo.com/honduras-police-recover-bodies-beauty-queen-sister-153250495.html
  5. http://news.yahoo.com/bodies-believed-miss-honduras-sister-found-135058756.html
  6. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-30114841
  7. Nancie L. Gonzalez, “Sojourners of the Caribbean: Ethnogenesis and Ethnohistory of the Garifuna” pg. 21

Comments

comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*
*
Website