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Couple shot in front of kids

A couple was gunned down by four unidentified gunmen in front of their three children in Talavera, Nueva Ecija Friday.

PO3 Marvin V. Verde, case investigator, identified the victims as Pedro Baguio Santos, 45, tricycle driver, and his wife, Sheryl Paraiso Santos, 31, self-employed, both residents of Talavera.

The victims and their three children were onboard their tricycle with license plates 8541RL driven by Pedro Santos on their way home when the suspects on board a red car with unknown license plates blocked their path in Purok 4, Barangay Marcos District.

The suspects alighted from the vehicle and instructed all the occupants of tricycle to disembark and drop face down.

The suspects shot the victims at close range, killing Sheryl instantly while Pedro was taken to the hospital where he died. The suspects fled toward Cabanatuan City.

Police processed the crime scene and recovered two fired cartridge cases for a caliber 5.56mm firearm. Motive of the crime still has to be established. (Franco G. Regala)