Monday, March 21, 2011
WOODBRIDGE FIL-AM KILLED WHILE VACATIONING IN PH HOMETOWN
What was supposed to be a joyous homecoming for one Woodbridge, VA resident turned inexplicably tragic after she was shot dead by an assailant in the Philippines.
Remedios “Remy” Saure, former president of the Prince William County-based Kababayan Inc., sustained a single gunshot wound in the head, police reports said.
Her remains will be buried here, according to a bulletin from Bambi Michael of Kababayan Inc.
She was vacationing in her hometown of Bgy. Namuco, Rosario, Batangas.
Sr. Supt. Alberto Supapo, Batangas police chief, said she was walking with a friend – identified as Esther Cua – near the town’s market when an unidentified man shot her with a 38-caliber handgun.
He didn’t offer any motive for the killing, saying they were still hunting down the culprit who escaped aboard a motorcycle.
Robbery can appear to be ruled out since the assailant didn’t take anything from the victim, according to reports.
The Philippines, especially in the Metro Manila area, has been beset by “riding in tandem” gangs – who can be anything from purse snatchers to hired killers – relying on motorcycles to flee the crime scene.
“We were holding hands and laughing when I suddenly heard a gunshot,” accounts from Manila quoted the victim’s companion Cua.
“But before I could even ask her about the gunshot, I felt her grip loosen and saw her fall to the ground,” she added.
Cua was unhurt in the March 11 attack.
Saure was scheduled to be interred at the Stafford Memorial Park in Virginia following a wake in Dale City and mass at Our Lady of Angels church in Woodbridge.
Michael said the US Embassy in Manila is looking into the incident.
Saure was 59 years old.