General Santos freelance photojournalist shot dead

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A freelance photojournalist in General Santos City was shot dead Thursday evening by a still unidentified gunman in front of his wife and daughter.

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Mario Sy, 53, of Purok Santa Cruz, Silway, Barangay Dadi-angas West, was shot twice around 7:40 p.m. on Thursday evening inside his own home. He was declared dead on arrival at a nearby hospital.

Police investigators recovered two spent .45 shells at the scene.

The motive for the killing remains unclear.

Sy contributes to several local papers in General Santos City, Sapol News among them.
Besides doing freelance photojournalism, Sy was also known to shoot weddings and other events, according to journalist Edwin Espejo.

If proven to be work-related Sy would be the 158th media practitioner murdered in the country since 1986 and the 18th since President Benigno Aquino 3rd was elected in 2010.

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