80-year old owner of funeral parlor stabbed to death

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 17 August) – An 80-year old owner of a funeral parlor here was stabbed to death allegedly by one of his farm workers at around 11 p.m. on Friday.

City police chief Lt. Col. Ramel Hojilla, identified the victim as Carlos Rendaje Collado, Sr., owner of the Collado Funeral Homes located along Quezon Boulevard.

The suspect was identified as Ritchie Cajucom Alpuerto, 34, of Barangay Bala, Magsaysay, Davao del Sur.

Reports said Alpuerto forcibly entered the backdoor of Collado’s house in Barangay Balindog and proceeded immediately to the master’s bedroom where the victim was sleeping with his wife.

But before going to his target, the suspect took a 12-inch knife at the kitchen which he used to kill Collado, the police said. The victim, initial reports said, sustained eight stab wounds in different parts of his body.

The suspect tried to hit the victim’s wife when she tried to scream and struggled to leave the room.

Policemen, after receiving a distress call, went straight away to Collado’s residence and found the suspect hiding in the victim’s Starex car parked inside the compound.

The suspect told probers he killed the victim after he was accused of stealing livestock from Collado’s farm.

The suspect was placed under police custody while a complaint for murder is being prepared against him. (Malu Cadelina Manar / MindaNews)