Boy, 15, shot dead in Caloocan

The Philippine Star - - METRO - – Marc Jayson Cayabyab

A 15-year-old boy who dropped out of school to work as a barker and help his fam­ily was shot dead near the Boni­fa­cio Mon­u­mento in Caloocan City Mon­day night.

Jus­tine “Macky“Mer­cado was call­ing for pas­sen­gers for a jeep­ney along Rizal Av­enue Ex­ten­sion in front of Fair­mart su­per­mar­ket in Barangay 71 at around 6:30 p.m., when mo­tor­cy­cle-rid­ing as­sailants came up be­hind him and shot him in the nape.

The bul­let went through the boy’s mouth and shat­tered his teeth, ac­cord­ing to the boy’s mother Josie La­siste when re­porters in­ter­viewed her at the wake of her son.

Macky’s kin tagged a ven­dor as the sus­pect in shoot­ing Macky. The sus­pect, only iden­ti­fied as “Obet,“had ap­par­ently ac­cused the boy of hoard­ing cell phones snatched from pas­sen­gers in the area.

La­siste de­nied that her son was in­volved in crime. Barangay 71 chair­man An­to­nio Du­ran said Macky was not part of the drug watch­list.

La­siste, whose hus­band died in an ac­ci­dent seven years ago, said her son wanted to be a po­lice­man, but dropped out of school two years ago to help his fam­ily make ends meet.

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