Monday, August 19, 2013

Tragedy in Santillan

As I was driving thru Santillan last Saturday morning, I was flagged down by David who is Don Pancho's grandson. I parked near Panchito's Body Shop. When I went to talk to David, he was very upset. He was worried about his grandfather and his Uncle Panchito. Apparently neither Panchito or Don Pancho had been seen that day, and it was already noon!

The gate to the body shop was locked, so David climbed over the brick wall and opened the gate. David's aunt ran thru the gate to the bed where Panchito and his father, Don Pancho sleep. Both men were dead. Apparently shot while they were sleeping.

I am so upset! These two men were the soul of their family. The bread-winners! This is a terrible blow to the relatives of Don Pancho and Panchito and to the Village of Santillan.


Thinking about death
I had not seen many dead persons in my life. Certainly not murdered persons. The beds of Don Pancho and his son Panchito are constructed in a scaffold frame. Don Pancho slept in the top of three beds. Panchito in the bottom.

From what I could see, whoever killed son Panchito did it as he slept. I could see Panchito lying on his back in bed. Father Don Pancho was killed as he tried to exit from his bed. His head lying on his arms extending from the bed. He must have been shot from below.

These are the sights that shall remain in my memory from now on. Terrible sights these are. I do not know what happened to cause these deaths. Both Don Pancho and his son Panchito were such happy people. Who could have done this terrible thing?






22 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry George. I always enjoyed your blog posts about them. I remember how you said Panchito would aways be whistling and what an upbeat person he was. I have missed your posts and am glad to hear from you. My heart goes out to you and the family and friends.

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  2. Please keep us updated on this tragedy.

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  3. I am sorry to hear this too George. What a terrible tragedy. I know you had become very close to the family and have given them a lot of your business, due to their exzcellent work....

    I will hold you all kin my thoughts and prayers....
    Brian in NM

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  4. I'm so sorry you have lost your friends in such a shocking way. I hope whoever committed such an awful act is found and punished.

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  5. Oh George, I'm very sorry to read this. How unfortunate that this is the one time in a while that I see a post from you pop up in the reader.
    This is truly a mystery, since these two didn't seem to be mixed up in anything of a sketchy nature.
    Very curious to find out the reasons behind this. Just makes no sense.

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  6. Dear George, What a senseless tragedy, heartfelt sympathy to you and to the families. It does make you wonder if perhaps they would not pay the bribe and this is how it ended for them. So very sorry for all.

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  7. I'm very sorry to hear of this tragedy.

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  8. so sad... so very sad...

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  9. Oh, George! I realize now that you sent me the email AFTER this happened to you. What a terrible thing. Certainly not something YOU needed. You have had WAY more than your share. Of course, it's a tragedy for all concerned------but I tend to look first at my friend George, and the load on him. Thinking of you and the Panchos family!

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  10. I would suspect either robbery or perhaps they may have had additional business interests.

    There is very little respect for life anymore. Either in Mexico or the U.S. Look at how many people are shot/killed in Chicago every single day.

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  11. So sorry to hear of the tragedy to your friends. Always know that you have lot's of friends who wait for you to blog , who you have never and probably never will meet , but care bout you just the same.

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  12. Oh George! I am so very sorry to learn about your friends. Please pass your reader's condolences on to their family. This truly is a tragedy.

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  13. What a senseless tragedy. So sorry to hear this George. Sending heartfelt prayers and sympathy to you and to the families.

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  14. That is why your philosophy of living each day to the fullest is so important. One never knows what is written in the book of life and death. Be it cancer or a bullet, life can be quite short. Thanks for writing George and let us know how you are.

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  15. So sorry George, but thank you for letting us know.

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  16. Terrible news. So sorry this tragedy befell such good friends. Hope they are able to recover from this dastardly deed. You too must be feeling the pain, and I hope you can recover from the grief. Take care.

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  17. George, what a terrible thing to happen. I'm so sorry for the family and for you having to see that. We love you George, here's a big hug. I sure hope they find out who did it! Steve & Carol

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  18. Hello George, My sympathy to you and their family members. There is no explanantion that will make sense. We hope for life eternal as a means to accept events like this. Please know you have hundreds,likely thousands of friends and supporters who, like I, still look for your occasional blog. we miss you and care about you.

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  19. George I am so sorry to hear this news. My heart goes out to you and the family. Please stay in touch. We love to hear from you.

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  20. Prayers go out to this Family, and to you George.
    If you can, please keep us up to date.

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  21. It's shocking to hear this terrible news. Panchito and Pancho seemed to be wonderful people. Please be care in your travels.

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  22. I felt that I knew Panchito and Pancho and they were my friends through your blog. I am truly shocked and saddened. I hope their family knows they have many friends through you. Our thoughts are with them.

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