By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Four people, including a five-year-old, were killed following a bloody feud between two families in Barangay 1, Moises Padilla, which began Tuesday evening and went until yesterday morning.
Police identified the fatalities as John Michael Mirano, the minor; Kerwin Royo; Barangay Kagawad Ernesto Royo; and James Lavega, all residents of the said barangay.
According to Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (NOPPO) director, Police Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Castil, Jr., the incident began Tuesday evening, around 7:00 p.m., when Kerwin Royo confronted Lavega after the latter struck the wall of his home.
The two engaged in an argument, which resulted in Lavega stabbing Royo, who was killed immediately.
The next morning, around 6:00 a.m., Ernesto Royo and his nephew, Fritz, visited the town morgue to attend to the remains of his relative. However, once informed of Lavega’s whereabouts, the two pursued the assailant.
Upon encountering Lavega, who was reportedly accompanied by Mirano, an argument ensued. Royo allegedly pulled out an unidentified caliber of firearm and shot Lavega.
Lavega managed to fight back and stabbed Royo multiple times, resulting in their deaths.
Mirano also died after he was accidentally shot by Royo.
Fritz, meanwhile, was rushed to the Isabela District Hospital after sustaining several wounds following the scuffle with Lavega.
Castil said an investigation is ongoing as authorities are questioning if Mirano was used by Lavega as a human shield during the incident./WDJ