Possible culprit in death of stray-bullet victim Stephanie Nicole identified—De Lima

A+
A
A-

CLASSMATES’ PROTEST Nicole Ella dances the hours away before New Year’s Eve. By midnight, a stray bullet had snuffed out the life of the little girl who loved Barbie. At right, pupils of Tala Elementary School march to Nicole’s house. PHOTO COURTESY OF ELLA FAMILY

MANILA, Philippines—The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has identified a possible suspect in the death of 7-year-old Stephanie Nicole Ella, who was killed after being hit by a celebratory stray bullet to the head during the New Year revelry on Dec. 31.

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, however, refused to identify the person saying that the investigation is still ongoing.

The NBI has also conducted a separate examination of the victim’s body.

“Meron ding eye-witness account kung sino at kung kaninong baril ’yon,” De Lima said.

She added that the NBI has also started monitoring the movements of the suspect.

“Once the NBI has finished its investigation, the person will be subjected to preliminary investigation,” De Lima told reporters Tuesday.

Inquirer Viber

Disclaimer: The comments uploaded on this site do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of management and owner of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments that we deem to be inconsistent with our editorial standards.

  • phantomofhope

    nauuna na naman ang press release ni de lima kesa sa aksyon

    • butchred

       korek….pa pogi na naman si mareng laila tapos PALPAK ang press release!

  • carlorocci

    Madam, let you just finished the investigation before the announcement that you have a possible culprit……

  • Horst Manure

    It was a sad accident and will happen again next year until people learn, who ever did this will suffer more than any jail term can inflict.
     With such a weak hopeless justice system it will continue until some one in authority acts and introduces a legal system  that works.

  • WeAry_Bat

     In a true story of a gun shooting accident, the shooter knew in a few seconds that someone was hit from his rifle.  He was plinking a can when by a sad coincidence, the bullet ricocheted off the can, bounced into the surface of beach water then suddenly the female passenger of a moving speed boat some distance away slumped down. 

    It was a study of a detective’s use of hunches and data of rifles bought given the slug found inside.  In the same way, the PNP’s use of data, scene enactment and witness testimony would solve this story.

    In less than 30 seconds after firing upwards with the arm nearly straight, the shooter saw Nicole go down or heard cries from the neighbors/Nicole’s family.  He was not alone, there were witnesses (nagmayabang kasi).

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/hbRkpPw1oYTBJamz.EH7acMZBBVoIlWXriA-#e4348 Felix

    sana tapusin na muna ang imbestigasyon bago ang press release.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3RMNEZCQQHXWOQRXJROQ2CORFU Homer Guo

       agree. hirap ke de5, pa media lagi kahit hilaw naman.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GUZISWUMVDD5QJUC7GBJKEM7XA prangka

      Ayaw maunahan sa press release.

  • jolly_baby

    Hahahhahahah yan din sinabi ni delima nung sinabing may suspect na sa hacking ng websites.. pero wala naman :)) O dba till now wla

  • Jarred Pulido

    On gun control issue. We should have a balistics data base of all guns comming in our country so it will be easy to find out who did what. Not sure it feasble but we should try.

    • Komen To

      If all guns are imported, but remember we have Paltik Gun industry which proliferates

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    sino kaya ang maituturo ng mahiwagang bolang kristal ni delima?

  • catalansbarce

    Sec DeLima wanted only to pacify the clamor of the public kaya
     nag press release siya kahit hindi pa sure…, hindi na nya kaya
    ang mga dakdak natin sa pamumuno ni Pnoy.

  • TEAM PNOY

    May HOLD DEPARTURE ORDER na ba yong suspect? Baka lumipad na sa ibang bansa na yan.

  • disqusted0fu

    Okay… The same as one of the prime suspects of the Aman scam is already in their custody? We need a more legitimate and accurate claims

To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.

Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:

c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City,Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94


editors' picks

advertisement

popular

advertisement

videos