GAPAN CITY – Two unidentified motorcycle-riding assassins disguised as delivery service crew shot dead a 42-year-old construction worker in what police believed was a love triangle-instigated killing that occurred early Tuesday night here.
City police head, Lt. Col. Criselda Y. De Guzman, identified the slain victim as Noel Roxas, of Bgy. Sto. Cristo Sur, this city.
He was dead on the spot after being shot once in the head by one of two men riding a red Rusi motorcycle at 6:10 p.m.
De Guzman said the two suspects disguised as courier servicemen of Lazada Online Shopping and met the victim outside the house for the supposed delivery package before carrying out the murder plot against him.
“Matagal-tagal din kitang hinanap, dito lang pala kita matatagpuan,” officer-on-case Corporal Christian Valdez told this reporter yesterday, quoting the gunman as saying to the victim after the latter affixed his signature to a log book before shooting him.
“Nang buksan ng crime lab ang package, may laman ito na kape na three-in-one pero iyung mga sulat at packaging niya ay di talaga galing sa Lazada, tampered ito, peke siya,” said Valdez.
Valdez said they also recovered the victim’s mobile phone which allegedly showed text messages indicating that he had a romantic affair with a married woman.
“Mayroon din kasing text na galing sa babae na nagsasabi na umalis muna siya sa Gapan dahil nalaman na daw ng asawa nito ang relasyon nilang dalawa,” said Valdez.
With these initial findings, he said the victim’s killing could be possibly triggered by a love triangle.
“May isang anggulo pa tayo sa droga pero isinasantabi muna ang anggulo sa droga, bagamat ang biktima ay naging isang drug reformist o dating drug surrenderee,” added Valdez.