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Slain beauty queen’s family seeks justice

PLARIDEL, Bulacan – Family and friends have appealed for justice for Mary Christine Balagtas, 23, the Lakambini ng Bulacan 2009 winner who was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen here Wednesday.

According to them, Balagtas had lots of dreams for her family after she was crowned as Lakambini ng Bulacan. “Her death had fractured her ambitions,” they said.

Police are thoroughly investigating the incident.

Investigation showed that the victim was in their house in Barangay Banga 1st when the suspects arrived on board a motorcycle purportedly to deliver a bouquet of flower and a box of chocolates.

The victim was receiving the flowers when one of them pulled out a gun and shot her in the head.

The suspects wearing baseball caps and white T-shirt fled while Balagtas was taken to a hospital in Pulilan, this province, where she was declared dead. (Freddie C. Velez)