The family of a jeepney driver who was shot dead over the weekend by a lone gunman in Guiguinto, Bulacan is crying for justice.
“Pakiusap tulungan po ninyo kaming mahanap ang gumawa nito sa kanya. Napakabait po niyang tao at mapagmahal na ama sa kanyang mga anak at sa amin na kanyang mga pamangkin.Masayahin po siyang tao, mapagmahal sa Diyos at palakaibigan. Mahal na mahal niya kami. Hindi siya natatakot sa COVID-19. Gusto niyang kumita kahit pabarya-barya may maibigay lang sa amin.” (Please help us find the one who did this to him. He is a good person and a loving father to his children and to us his nephews. He was a happy man, God-loving and friendly. He loved us so much that he was not afraid of COVID-19. He wanted to earn, even if it meant just mere coins, so he could provide for us.)
This was the message posted on Facebook by the relatives and family of June Magahis Leuterio, a jeepney driver, who was shot dead by an unidentified gunman who posed as a passenger in his jeepney in Barangay Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan on Saturday, September 11.
In his report to Col.l Lawrence B. Cajipe, Bulacan police director, Lt. Col. Luis E. Guisic, Guiguinto police chief, said that at about 4 p.m. on Saturday, they received a telephone call from a concerned citizen about a shooting incident inside a jeepney. A team headed by Cpl. Alvin L. Avendano immediately proceeded to the area to conduct an investigation.
Initial investigation showed that at about 3:50 pm on Saturday, September 11, the gunman boarded the victim’s jeepney in front of Waltermart in Barangay Ilang-Ilang.
Upon reaching TESDA in Barangay Tabang, Guiguinto, the suspect told the driver to stop, pulled out his gun, and shot Leuterio at close range which resulted in his instantaneous death. The gunman alighted from the jeepney and ran to his cohort who was driving a motorcycle and who was tailing the jeepney.
As of press time, the Guiguinto police are still facing a blank wall in its investigation. (Freddie C. Velez)