Strafing kills girl, 5, in Naga

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Monday, January 27, 2014


A FIVE-YEAR-OLD girl was killed after their house was strafed by unidentified gunmen in the mountain barangay of Tagjaguimit, City of Naga late Sunday night.

PO3 Menandro Boligor, investigator of Naga City Police Station, said Jinjin Pasquira, five, died from multiple gunshot wounds.

The strafing took place at 10 p.m. while Pasquira was sleeping together with her grandmother Prima Cantorne, 59.

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Ten empty shells of .45 pistol and four empty shells of 9mm pistol were recovered by police at the crime scene.

Cantorne, when interviewed by police, said some people tried to enter the house by pushing their door. She tried to block them from entering.

The assailants then started firing shots at the house, which is made of wooden materials.

When the strafing ended, Cantorne checked on Pasquira and found her lifeless. The incident was only reported yesterday morning because Cantorne didn’t go out of the house after the incident for fear of the attackers.

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Boligor, when interviewed by Sun.Star Cebu, said they are still investigating the case since the victim’s family refused to tell them anything.

“Wala kuno sila’y kontra. Pero mahibong ka nganong gi-ing-ana sila (They said they have no enemies. But you can’t help wondering why it happened to them),” he said.

The girl, Boligor said, was sleeping when she was hit. Cantorne wasn’t able to see the assailants since the house had no lights on.

The victim’s house is located in Sitio Punod, 15 kms. from downtown Naga and far from the barangay proper. To reach there, Boligor said they have to walk for three kilometers.

Boligor, during the interview, said they received a report that the victim’s relatives were also shot and killed before.

“Giing-ani sad daw pagpatay ilang mga kabanay sa una (Their relatives were also killed
this way),” he said.

Supt. Eduardo Saavedra, the city police chief, said the girl was left at the care of her aunt after Pasquira’s parents split up. Her aunt went to Toledo City last Sunday and entrusted her to Cantorne.

In a TV Patrol Central Visayas report, the girl’s mother Jona Cantorne said she believed the incident stemmed from a land dispute with their uncle.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 28, 2014.

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