Two Belizean teenagers have been charged with the murder of a Canadian filmmaker who was found dead outside his home last Monday (January 4).
Nineteen-year-old Brandon Anderson and a 16-year-old boy, whose name was not released, are charged with killing 37-year-old Matthiew Klinck.
Klinck, who moved to the small Central American country five years ago, was found stabbed 14 times in an apparent robbery according to local news reports.
The two teenagers, who were charged on Friday (January 8), were arrested last Wednesday (January 6), two days after the filmmaker’s body was discovered outside his home.
Inspector Reymundo Reyes, of Cayo District Police in Belize, told Channel 5 Belize last Tuesday (January 5) that “a team of police officers including myself visited the said location. On arrival we saw the motionless body of a Caucasian male person lying in a face-up position about fifteen feet away from the residence.”
“Budding film industry”
Police identified the victim as being Klinck, and notified the filmmaker’s family in Canada, who have since traveled to the country.
At the time of his death, the Canadian national was renting a home in the sleepy village of Selena, a few miles from the small Mennonite community of Spanish Lookout in the Cayo District of Belize.
CBC has reported that Anderson had been friends with the victim, and that while the younger teenager had not known Klinck, he did know Anderson. A third person is also being sought in connection with the murder according to the CBC report.
Klinck’s home, police say, had been turned upside down, although the 37-year-old’s camera and video equipment remained untouched. Police also report, however, that they have discovered cash, which they believe belonged to the victim, at the home of Anderson and the 16-year-old boy.
According to Ottawa Citizen, Klinck began producing wedding videos when he was just 15, and before he reached the age of 20, he had produced a children’s program on a community channel owned by Rogers TV.
Originally from Gatineau, a city in the Canadian province of Quebec, Klinck moved to Belize in 2011 and set up a film company, Make-Belize Films. In 2012, he produced Belize’s first home-grown feature film, a comedy thriller entitled the Curse of Xtabai. Determined to create a thriving Belizean film industry, Klinck became a household name in Belize when he helped create the country’s first telenovela, La Isla Bonita, in 2014.
“Up for any adventure,”
Belizean newspaper, the Guardian, said Klinck “is credited to making an indelible mark in Belize’s budding film industry” and “truly believed that Belizeans actors and actress had talents which were world-class”.
CBC reported that on Saturday (January 9) Klinck’s friends gathered on the banks of the Ottawa River to pay tribute to the young filmmaker. Howard Powels, a friend of Klinck’s, told CBC: “Matthiew was up for anything. That was one of his strong points. He was just up for any adventure — any crazy thing you could think of, he would be up for it.”
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