Monday, April 7, 2014

Baguio City Massacre Takes 5 Lives, 3 Of Whom Are Children

The City of Baguio is currently in a state of shock after news broke out that five people were killed on Sunday afternoon in an apartment along Kayang Street in Barangay Hilltop. According to the police, the brutal crime occurred between 3:30 and 6:30 in the afternoon of April 6 at the fourth floor of the Chan Building in Kayang Street.

It's still unknown if there's just one attacker or if there's several of them. Initial investigation by the police showed that the attacker/attackers simply barged into the apartment building and stabbed the victims for no apparent reason.

The victims were identified as follows:
Joey Marquez Nociete Jr., 8 years old, 14 stab wounds
Dave John de Guzman, 7 years old, 8 stab wounds
Raymund del Mundo, 8 years old, 8 stab wounds
Jackelyn Kale Marquez Nociete, 19 years old, 18 stab wounds
Jonalyn Lozano, a housemaid, 12 stab wounds

Although the police is still investigating as to the motive behind the crime, there's evidence that this is a planned attack, not one done at random. Vilma Nociete, the mother of two of the children who died, was quoted by investigators as saying that she received text messages from her daughter around 5 pm that there's a visitor looking for their father.

If the daughter has been sending such messages around 5 pm, then the crimes may have happened from 5 pm onward. This is contrary to what the police is saying wherein it may have happened between 3:30 and 6:30.
Also, it was also known that the victims have just transferred to the apartment building in Kayang Street. They've been there for just about a week. Police investigation on the incident is ongoing. It's also worth mentioning that the areas around Kayang Street and Hilltop are among the most crime-ridden places in the city.