Post-mortem determines slain Mexicans died from gunshot wounds; bodies to be flown home next Wednesday, source says


The bodies of the two Mexicans killed at the Pillar Rock Hotel will be flown home for burial in two weeks.

Post-mortem examinations conducted last week have determined that the duo – Cesar Santos Ramirez, 36, and Ronaldo Emmanuel Sandoval Stone, 39 – died from injuries related to gunshot wounds. This paves the way for their families to lay their loved ones to rest.

A coroner’s inquest into the death of both men commenced on Monday, September 12, with a small jury panel.

A source says the coroner, Chief Magistrate Joanne Walsh, has since signed off on the relevant documents, and death certificates have been issued to the consulate.

The soonest the bodies can be flown back to Mexico is October 12, since AmeriJet – the expected carrier – comes to Antigua only on Wednesdays. And it is already full this week, the source says.

The person adds that Mexican officials want the bodies to be accompanied by a representative of the Royalton Hotel, where the deceased worked up to the time of their deaths. However, it is unclear whether this request will be fulfilled.

Ramirez and Sandoval Stone were shot to death at their usual residence, the Pillar Rock Hotel, at Dieppe Bay, Five Islands, on Wednesday, September 7, 2022, apparently while lounging at the hotel’s pool.

The Police are still investigating the double murder. No one has been arrested and charged for the crime, although a fellow employee reportedly was questioned in relation to the incident.

Ramirez’s body was the first to be discovered, floating in the pool, after the hotel manager reported hearing four loud explosions shortly after 9:30 p.m.

Sandoval Stone’s body was not discovered until much later because it had sunk to the bottom, and due to the volume of blood in the pool.

Both men were guests at the hotel and held senior management positions at the Royalton Hotel. — REAL News

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  1. TESSA BARTHLEY was shot in her NECK!! She was UNARMED.


    • Who tell Tessa Barthley attack Sherfield Bowen. She tried choking the man with his necktie. The man had the right to defend himself.

  2. Sherfield Bowen

    In 2005, Bowen was convicted and sentenced to five years for manslaughter relating to the SHOOTING DEATH of 23-year-old Tessa Barthley.

    UPP rewarded the SHOOTER with candidacy.
    Shawn Nicholas has no gunshot residue on her manicured hands, yet she was snubbed.

  3. Corrections needed to your article, Dieppe Bay is located on the western side of Falmouth Harbour close to the harbour entrance. Deep Bay is what you meant to say however Pillar Rock is not located at Deep Bay either.

  4. @Woods: You are 100% correct about Deep Bay,Dieppe Bay and Pillar Rock locations.

    This is a very sad issue for the families and friends of the deceased. What is the update on that double homicide in Golden Grove? Police Commissioner, come and update us the public at large. We the people have a right to know as Citizens and Residences of Antigua and Barbuda. Are there Murderers walking around in the society among us ?

  5. “Both men were guests at the hotel and held senior management positions at the Royalton Hotel.”

    Were they guests or where they employees?

  6. If the Mexican government wants a member of staff to accompany the bodies there are lots of Mexican managers and Latinos working at the Royaltan. The heard that it was business as usual the day after the murders. The best person accompany the bodies is the GM, another Latino. Condolences to the families.
    To the government and opposition when all is said and done Antiguans need work in our country. We have these investors been given duty free concessions with the intension that it will be Job creation for the locals.
    So when the announcement is made that the Royalton will be creating hundreds of Jobs for Antiguans. Wrong. Hundreds of Jobs for Mexicans and Latinos. Also when we mention Job we are not only talking about, maids , Gardners and security. We are talking about middle and upper management positions. Young people you are returning home with degrees and masters in hotel and resort management, property management, project management, hotel management and end up working as somebody messenger boy or girl . Top that. Your votes count.

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