A 15-YEAR-OLD girl died while her 54-year-old mother was wounded after an unidentified assailant shot them while they were riding a passenger multicab in Barangay Banilad, Mandaue City last Saturday afternoon.
Kim Espina, a high school student, died on the spot after getting shot in her head, while her mother Precilia Espina was taken to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City, said PO2 Roje Cabra of the Casuntingan Police Station.
Kim and her mother, who live in Sitio Tikyan, Barangay Banilad, Mandaue City, were on a multicab when they were shot by the gunman, who rode a mountain bike, around 2:50 p.m. last Saturday.
The attack happened in front of a supermarket at the intersection of A.S. Fortuna St. and Hernan Cortes St.
The gunman wore a black jacket and covered his head, Cabra said.
Kim was shot in her head while her mother suffered a gunshot wound in her left cheek. An empty shell from a .9mm pistol was recovered near the multicab.
It was not clear whether there were other passengers but Cabra said the mother and daughter were clearly the targets.
Cabra said that Precilia has a son in jail for his alleged involvement in illegal drugs.
“Magbisitaan ni sila sa Mandaue City Jail (They used to visit the Mandaue City Jail),” he said.
He said the police are not discounting the possibility the son’s alleged involvement in illegal drugs may be connected with the attack.
Cabra said they are also looking into the suspicion of Precilia’s relatives that the attack may be connected with the properties left behind by Kim’s Japanese father.
Cabra said the Investigation and Detection Management Branch of the Mandaue City Police Office are checking the closed-circuit television cameras that might have captured the shooting.
Kim, a third-year high school student at St. Louis College-Cebu, had just come from a mall with her mother when they were attacked, said her uncle, Roland Espina.
Priscilla was in critical condition and would probably need surgery, he said.
Dr. Benjamin Lara, the doctor who autopsied Kim’s body, said the shot was fired at close range, considering the gunpowder found on her neck.
Kim’s brother, Rainier, said one theory is that the attack had something to do with Kim being the sole heiress to a toy company that her father owned in Japan.
He said that Kim’s father reportedly died last December and that his last will specified that Kim would get his estate when she turns 18.
The girl’s burial will be on Sunday, March 29. (With Edwardo R. Almazan & Larissa B. Cayobit, NSU AB Comm Interns)