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Kin, friends attend burial of Tarlac shooting victims


Kin, friends attend burial of Tarlac shooting victims

Sonya Gregorio and son Frank Anthony, who were killed by a police officer in Paniqui, Tarlac, were laid to rest on Sunday.

Relatives and friends carried their caskets out of their house for the burial at the cemetery.

The remains of the mother and son were laid to rest at Paniqui Garden of Angels Memorial Park in Barangay Salomague.

 

The relatives of slain Sonya Gregorio and her son Frank Anthony Gregorio wail in anguish during their burial at Paniqui Garden of Angels Memorial Park in Paniqui, Tarlac on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2020.  Danny Pata

 

As the caskets were being placed side by side in the grave, relatives and friends burst into tears.

 

Sonya Gregorio and her son Frank Anthony Gregorio, who were killed by Police Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca following an altercation last Dec. 20, 2020, are laid to their final resting place at the Paniqui Garden of Angels Memorial Park in Brgy. Salomague, Paniqui, Tarlac on Sunday, December 27, 2020.  Danny Pata

 

Hugging each other, family members seized their last moment with the remains of Sonya and Frank Anthony.

The two Gregorios died a week ago after being shot at close range by suspect Police Master Sergeant Jonel Nuezca following a heated argument.

The shooting incident was caught on video, which went viral online.

On December 20, Nuezca went to the house of the Gregorio family after hearing the sound of an explosion of "boga", an improvised noise making device made from PVC pipes.

The heated argument eventually brought up their property dispute and right-of-way issue that led to the shooting.

Several members of the Gregorio family including Sonya’s children and some minors witnessed the killing. Nuezca’s daughter was also present at the time.

Authorities are now providing intervention to assist them in recovering from the trauma of the incident.

Hours after the incident, Nuezca, who faced several criminal and administrative cases in previous years, surrendered to the Rosales Municipal Police Station.

Nuezca was indicted for two counts of murder and is currently detained at Paniqui Municipal Police Station pending the commitment order from the court. —Joviland Rita/KG, GMA News

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