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Boy, 16, shot dead

A 16-year-old out-of-school youth was gunned down by a group of men in Quezon City early yesterday morning.

The victim, James Ivan Matela, was shot dead outside his house at San Miguel Interior, Area A, Barangay Payatas, around 12:25 a.m.

The Quezon City Police District’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) said seven armed men barged into Matela’s house and dragged the teenager out.

Police said the victim’s mother, Mary Grace, was conversing with their neighbors when she saw the commotion. She rushed to rescue her son from the men.

Reports said the father also helped in pulling the young victim, but failed when some of the suspects kicked them.

When they got the teenager out of the house, the suspects started firing at Matela, killing him on the spot.

Authorities found at least 11 spent bullets in the crime scene. (Vanne Elaine P. Terrazola)

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