- Family of slain seminarian wants justice
MANILA, Philippines – Justin Daniel Bataclan would have been a priest next year.
Bataclan was killed after a burglar broke into his house in Cubao, Quezon City to steal two cellular phones on June 7.
Jojo Fernandez, Bataclan’s uncle who works at the Office of the Ombudsman, does not want his nephew’s death to be just another crime statistic. He wants justice for his nephew, the third in a family of four.
“He was a very kind boy who would have made a very good priest. We still can’t accept that he was killed inside his own house,” Fernandez said.
Bataclan, 21, was in his fourth year at the St. Paul Seminary in Makati City and was a prospective cum laude, being consistently at the top of his class.
Fernandez said his nephew was stabbed at least 11 times in the body and neck. The burglar, who was able to escape, remains unidentified.
“For two days, his father, Allan, was unable to speak from the shock,” Fernandez told the Inquirer.
Records of the Quezon City Police District Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (QCPD-CIDU) showed the incident happened at around 10 p.m. on June 7 at 24 Lantana Street, Barangay Mariana in Cubao.
Fernandez said the area near the Bataclan house housed several drug dependents. One of them could have broken into the seminarian’s home, he added.
Bataclan’s body was brought yesterday to the St. Paul Seminary. A Mass will be celebrated at 7 a.m. today at the school before his interment at the Manila Memorial Park in Parañaque City
Saturday, June 16, 2007
My schedule and the priorities I have for the moment hindered me to post blogs here for the moment but this news have attracted my attention:
One thing for sure is that death knows no boundaries, it could strike anywhere but another thing that we should also consider especiallly religious persons that we could also be victims of crimes how good we try to be because there are individuals who have no qualms on doing evil indescriminately.