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|Posted: Thu Jul 09, 2009 9:00 pm Post subject: Boa Vista Deaths
|Boa Vista municipal celebrations marred by death, grim discoveries
Boa Vista’s municipal day celebrations were blemished by the accident that resulted in the death of Nelson Joaquim Delgado, a teacher at Boa Vista Secondary School. Delgado was trampled by a horse participating in a race and died at the local Health Center. His remains were taken back to São Vicente, his native island, for burial.
According to eyewitnesses, the high school teacher had ventured onto the track to catch a glimpse of the winning horse, but failed to see the other two horses coming up from behind at high speed. Nelson Delgado was thrown to the ground and trampled, and died approximately one hour later at the local Health Center.
Delgado’s remains were taken Sunday morning to the island of São Vicente in the accompany of one of his brothers who has also lived on Boa Vista for a number of years.
Two skeletons found in Porto Ferreira
The death of teacher Nelson Joaquim Delgado was not the only incident that shocked the population of Boa Vista this week. Only one hour after the accident, police were called upon to investigate the discovery of two human skeletons in the district of Porto Ferreira.
The skeletons appeared to have been buried some five years ago. “The place one of the skeletons was found in was circled by stones. We believe this was a procedure to keep the sand from shifting there. By the state of the bone and teeth structure, we believe that these people were buried some years ago,” observed Boa Vista National Police squadron chief João Santos.
The two skeletons have yet to be identified, but the local Health Department delegation is in the process of analyzing the bone structure, and will likely send the skeletons abroad in order to determine race, age and sex. One of the skeletons, according to João Santos, was missing one of its femurs, but it is unclear as to whether this indicates a physical handicap.
“We don’t believe they are Cape Verdeans or people who resided on the island. Because of the vulnerability of our island’s coasts, they could be the remains of illegal migrants or of individuals connected to the world of international crime who entered the island on yachts or boats and were murdered and buried at Porto Ferreira,” says the police commander.