BACOLOD CITY – A crime of passion claimed the lives of two sisters when the alleged lover of one of the victims shot them dead, then stabbed himself in Barangay Taculing here on Friday, July 24.
Slain were Imee Decara-Mahilum, and her younger sister Inee Jane Decara.
Capt. Elmer Bonilla, head of Police Station 6, said that Mahilum was fetched by her younger sister from work around 5:45 p.m. when the suspect, identified as Alvin Lanza, confronted Mahilum.
Bonilla said Lanza was reportedly drunk while he was having an argument with Mahilum. A commotion then transpired, followed by two gunshots.
Armed with a .45 caliber, Lanza allegedly shot Mahilum, hitting her in the face. He also shot Decara, who was on board a Toyota Revo, in the body, the station commander added. Both victims died on-the-spot.
Then Lanza tried to take his own life, but there was no more bullet left in his firearm. Instead, he got a knife from his tool box and proceeded to stab himself in the chest.
He was subdued, and was brought to Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital here, where he was scheduled to undergo surgery.
Police recovered from the scene a .45-caliber pistol, a magazine, two unfired bullets, two empty shells, and a knife.
Bonilla said Lanza and Mahilum, who were both working at the same shop, were reportedly in a relationship, but police refused to elaborate on the specific motive for the crime, as per advise of the victims’ family.
Lanza will be charged with double murder, he added.