Girl, 12, dies from gunshot wound in Kidapawan

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews/10 July) – Police are still facing a blank wall on the death of a 12-year old girl from a gunshot wound she sustained on board a car on her way to school here, around 7 a.m., Monday.

Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) of the North Cotabato Provincial Crime Laboratory identified the victim as a Grade 7 student.

Police said the victim suffered a gunshot wound in the head and died while being treated at a local hospital.

She was with her elder brother inside the car driven by their grandfather.

There were talks the girl shot herself, but SPO4 Moises Abril of SOCO said they will investigate if she, indeed, committed suicide.

He said they will investigate her brother and grandfather.

The victim’s father said he felt so devastated by his daughter’s death.

He said he is bent on filing murder charges against his father-in-law.

“My daughter was under his care when she was killed. They told me my children are safe with them. But why did my daughter die? My father-in-law should be held responsible for this,” he said.

The father has been separated from his wife for one year and their children are under their grandfather’s custody.

“I have already asked them on several occasions to give to me my children so I could take care of them but they would always refuse. As a father, I am so devastated. I will let my father-in-law pay for the crime he committed,” he said.

The grandfather refused to grant media an interview.

He already submitted himself to SOCO for investigation, Abril said. (Malu Cadelina Manar/MindaNews)