Family of 3 shot, burned PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 13:40

Police on Tuesday began interviewing people who can shed light on the gruesome killing of a couple and their 11-year-old son who were shot and burned on a a charcoal kiln in Isabela City, Basilan province.

The charred remains of 57-year-old Rotillo Gonzaga, his 47-year-old wife Lucia and son Virgilio were retrieved from the charcoal furnace Monday after it was discovered by the farm owner Rodel Ariola in Barangay Kapayawan, Isabela City.

Richard Falcatan, manager of Basilan-based DXNO radion station, said the remains were beyond recognition when it was taken from the charcoal kiln by Scene of the Crime personnel.

Falcatan however said investigators have ruled out any Abu Sayyaf involvement in the brutal killing and have focused the investigation on a family dispute regarding a piece of farm land.

He said that people living near the site of the massacre heard gunshots Saturday night, prompting investigators to conclude that the couple and their son, were hogtied, shot and thrown into the charcoal pit where they were burned.