Police search for 3 men tagged in Pagadian murders

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ZAMBOANG CITY: A homosexual was allegedly strangled to death in a room he was renting in Pagadian City in Zamboanga del Sur province, police said.

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Police said the 33-year old Alex Nodado was discovered dead by his neighbor at Purok Sunshine in the village of Santiago and informed authorities about it. Forensic investigators said a scarf was found tied around Nodado’s neck and legs.

Two men, who were last seen with Nodado, are also being sought by the police and investigators said robbery was likely motive of the killing. Police said witnesses pointed to the men who were spotted with Nodado before he was murdered.

Police were also searching for a gunman who shot dead a 53-year old villager, Edgardo Gallarde, who was accused of killing his neighbor in Zamboanga del Sur’s Tabina town.

Gallerde, who moved to Pagadian City, was shot in the chest by the lone gunman who waited for the victim to arrive in his house at Purok Nawasa in the village of Napolan. Gallarde died instantly from the attack.

“Investigation disclosed that the victim had just arrived at his residence when the unidentified suspect armed with undetermined type of firearm approached and confronted the victim and without any apparent reason shot him once. He sustained lone gunshot wound in his chest which resulted to his instantaneous death while the suspect immediately fled to unknown direction after the incident,” said Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca, a regional police spokesman.

“Further investigation also revealed that the victim was the primary suspect of the killing of his neighbor at Malim in Tabina, Zamboanga Del Sur in which the Pagadian City police believed that a possible retaliation of the suspect to the victim was the motive of the incident,” he added.

No individual claimed responsibility for the killing and the victim’s family did not give any statement about the murder. AL JACINTO

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