TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija: A 31-year-old woman suspected to be a drug pusher and her brother-in-law were killed by unknown assailants in Talavera, Nueva Ecija on Friday afternoon.
The town’s Chief of Police, Supt. Leandro Novilla, in his report to Sr. Supt Manuel Cornel, Nueva Ecija Provincial Police Director, identified the fatalities as Sheryl Paraiso-Santos and Pedro Santos, both residents of Purok 4, Barangay Marcos in this town.
Novilla said based on intelligence reports, Sherryl is on the watch list of suspected drug pushers of this town.
Investigators said the gun attack was carried out at around 3:30 p.m. while the victims were on their way home on board a tricycle with license plate 8541-RL. A red car travelling in the opposite direction suddenly blocked their way, and armed men suddenly alighted from the car, and told the victims to alight and drop face down.
Afterwards, the suspects shot Sheryl and Pedro in front of her three little children, who were unharmed but shocked after the incident. Pedro was rushed to the Talavera Extension Medical Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Police said the unidentified armed suspects fled in the direction of Cabanatuan City.
A Scene of the Crime Operative team from the police recovered from the crime scene two empty cartridges from a revolver. Investigator PO3 Marvin Verde said the motive behind the killings has yet to be known.
CELSO M. CAJUCOM