Sunday, October 19, 2014

Ecija cops nab funeral parlor manager for masterminding embalmer’s murder

GAPAN CITY, Nueva Ecija–Police arrested here a 33-year-old lady manager of a funeral parlor for masterminding the killing of a 42-year-old embalmer here Friday.

          PO3 Dennish Pengson, investigator of the Gapan police, identified the suspect as Cherrylyn Lazaro, branch manager of the St. Peter Chapel Funeral Homes, of Barangay Balite, San Miguel, Bulacan.

          Lazaro was tagged for the killing of embalmer Marty Dela Cruz of 10-A Cynthia St., Doña Carmen Subd., Commonwealth, Quezon City.

          Police said Dela Cruz was sitting at a table inside an eatery and sending text messages through his mobile phone along the Gapan-Olongapo Road in Barangay San Nicolas at around 8:50 am Friday when a lone gunman appeared and shot him repeatedly at point-blank range with a caliber 45 pistol.

          The gunman, wearing a bull cap and a white t-shirt, and described as fair complexioned, between 5’5” to 5’7” in height, medium built and fled on foot towards Barangay Sto. Niño.

Dela Cruz’s co-employee Rick Angelo Sarmiento rushed him to the Good Samaritan Hospital for treatment. He appeared strong despite sustaining gunshot wounds and at the hospital bed, pointed to Lazaro as the one who ordered the attack.

He died two hours later while being operated on.

A police team led by Senior Inspector Jeffrey Alivia arrested Lazaro during a follow-up operation. The gunman remained at large.

Pengson said they are looking at an old grudge as the motive behind the killing. He said the dispute between Lazaro and the victim started when the latter refused to obey Lazaro’s orders to embalm the remains of a man due to lack of certain procedural requirements.

Pengson said the rift worsened when Dela Cruz reported Lazaro’s “extracurricular activities” to the company’s top management in Manila. He said Dela Cruz has in his possession a video showing Lazaro’s having an affair with another man apart from her husband who is set to return soon from abroad.

The video footage has been turned over to the police before the victim died.  
Recovered from the crime scene were three live ammunitions from a  caliber .45 pistol. (Manny Galvez)

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