Students arrested for alleged murder


SAN FERNANDO CITY, LA UNION: Several marine engineering students charged for allegedly beating to death their schoolmate were arrested pursuant to a warrant of arrest issued by a court here.

Murder charges were filed against Brylle Lopez, 20, Bryan Garcia, 20, and Rommel Gagua, 19, as principal suspects in the reported killing of Jerome Lopez, 17, a marine engineering student on August 9.

The three were taken from their residences in Nagsabaran Norte, Balaoan, La Union, by personnel of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in coordination with the San Fernando City Police and Balaoan police station.

Supt. Julius Suriben, city police chief, meanwhile, said Brylle voluntarily surrendered to the apprehending policemen, accompanied by his father, Bernard Lopez. The older Lopez also brought, his nephew, Garcia, to police authorities.

The arrests were made pursuant to the warrants of arrest issued by Judge Alpino Florendo of Branch 30 of the San Fernando City Regional Trial Court.

Three minors were also charged for Lopez’s killing. They are still under evaluation, according to police authorities.

All the parties in the case are marine engineering students of the Northern Philippines College for Maritime Sciences and Technology (NPCMST) based in Barangay Lingsat in this city.

Senior Supt. Francisco Es-guerra, regional chief of the CIDG, underlined that no bail is recommended for the apprehended students.

Brylle Lopez and Garcia were positively identified by the victim’s cousin, who is also a NPCMST student, as those principally involved in the mauling of Jerome who subsequently died because of the injuries he sustained.

Other witnesses also related that the suspects were drinking liquor at a store near the NPCMST before the mauling incident took place at about 8:30 p.m.

A group of students, which included Jerome Lopez, meanwhile, were seen in an eatery when the drunk suspects approached them and allegedly harassed a girl in Jerome’s group.

Jerome tried to pacify the two groups, but was mauled by Garcia’s group, according to witnesses.

“[A witness] also positively identified Brylle as the one who fatally hit Jerome with a stone on the back of the head,” Suriben said.


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