Crime & Courts

Ex-Salisbury man shot dead in Honduras

A former Salisbury man was shot and killed last Wednesday as he got out of his car on a street in northern Honduras, according to published reports.

Ronald Lee Kenerly, 65, was killed outside a business he owned in Puerto Cortes, a port city in northern Honduras near the Guatemalan border.

Police told Honduran media that 25-year-old Ariel Velasquez Calderon was taken into custody after the shooting.

According to several reports, Kenerly was shot as he arrived at an auto parts business he owned.

Kenerly moved to Guatemala more than 25 years ago and had become a naturalized citizen of the Central American nation.

Two people riding bicycles witnessed the shooting, according to police. Employees told police that Kenerly had no known enemies, according to published reports.

The northern Honduran newspaper LaPrensa reported that Calderon told police he had been paid $500 to kill Kenerly.

The suspect told authorities he didn’t know the person who hired him, the Salisbury Post reported.