Trike driver gunned down in front of church

Manila Bulletin - - Obituary - By KATE LOUISE B. JAVIER

A 20-year-old tri­cy­cle driver was shot dead by a man on­board a mo­tor­cy­cle in front of a church near the Caloocan City Hall Fri­day, po­lice said.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as Ron­nie De Guz­man, 20, of Libis Espina, Barangay 14, Caloocan City.

In­ves­ti­ga­tion showed that at 4:30 a.m., De Guz­man was hav­ing a drink­ing spree to­gether with his friends in front of San Roque Parish Church when a mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing man ap­peared and shot him sev­eral times.

Wit­nesses told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that the gun­man wear­ing a hel­met, black shirt, with a tat­too on his right arm, im­me­di­ately sped off to­wards un­known di­rec­tion.

Fel­low tri­cy­cle driv­ers brought De Guz­man to the Caloocan City Med­i­cal Cen­ter where he was de­clared dead on ar­rival.

Eight pieces of cal. .40 Smith and Wes­son empty shells were found on the scene. In­ves­ti­ga­tors dis­closed that De Guz­man was a for­mer drug user.

“He’s kind and very young. He’s a drug de­pen­dent but that was be­fore. He al­ready stopped us­ing il­le­gal drugs,” a col­league of De Guz­man told the Manila Bul­letin.

De Guz­man was not in­cluded on the up­dated drug watch­list, said Her­nani De Guz­man, Caloocan City Anti-Drug Abuse Coun­cil of­fi­cer.

How­ever, Agapito Gamboa, Caloocan City Ac­tion Force mon­i­tor­ing staff, dis­puted the state­ments.

“Maram­ing reklamo diyan kasi nang­gugulo madalas – palagi ako dito kasi sa mon­i­tor­ing team ako kaya alam ko – at saka nag­bebenta

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