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A Grade-12 female student was brutally killed in Sitio Mina, Barangay Curuan, Zamboanga City on Sunday night.

The fatality was identified as Margie Santiago y Dagalea, 18, single and a resident of the said place.

According to police report, the victim suffered at least seven hack wounds in the different parts of her body causing her instantaneous death.

Police Station 2 commander Sr. Insp. Julius Dao-an identified the suspect as Bennet Garcia y Dela Cruz, 18, single, also from the said place.

Dao-an said that the victim went to the store owned by Efren Molina y Galvez where the suspect was working, purposely to buy load for her cellular phone.

Probers said when the victim was already on her way home, she was attacked by the suspect using a small scythe.

The suspect hurriedly escaped towards the bushy interior portion of Sitio Mina while the victim was rushed by her family to Cristino Paragas Memorial Hospital in Barangay Quiniput. She was later transferred to Zamboanga Peninsula Hospital where she succumbed due to fatal wounds.

A manhunt operation was launched by the police for the arrest of the suspect.  However, as of press time yesterday, Zamboanga Today received information that Garcia has already been arrested by the police operatives during their manhunt operation in Sitio Mina, Curuan. He is now detained at the Curuan Police Station pending further investigation.

The police also disclosed that there are unconfirmed reports that the suspect was allegedly courting the victim and got mad after he was rejected by the girl. (Eugene A. Lasprilla)




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