Lawyer’s wife, two others killed in ambush

February 2, 2012 11:56 am 

CEBU CITY, Feb. 2 -– Two motorcycle-riding men shot and killed a lawyer’s wife and two others in Sitio Rabaya, Barangay Cansojong, Talisay City Wednesday afternoon, a day after illegal structures on the vehicle owner’s property were demolished.

Police have yet to identify the killers of Virginia Sesbreño, 65; Joshua Young, 30; and Soledad Epanto, 51.

The Talisay City Police Office believes one probable motive for the attack was the conflict over a lot the Sesbreños own in Barangay Lawaan, Talisay City.

Police investigators suspect it was Lawyer Raul Sesbreño, Virginia’s husband, that the gunmen intended to attack.

One of the lawyer’s nephews, who requested not to be named, said the family received death threats Wednesday, a day after Sesbreño ordered the demolition.

“We already have leads to the killing but we will still not divulge these. All we can say is that these were hired killers,” said Talisay Police Chief Eddie Recamara.

Lawyer Sesbreño was aboard the white Isuzu D-Max (YHT 517) Wednesday, when the couple went to check on the disputed property.

But while he returned home, his wife, driver and helper decided to go to Cebu City.

At about 3 p.m., lawyer Raul Sesbreno boarded the vehicle with Virginia and Epanto. Young drove.

From the demolition site, Raul went back to his house, while his wife, Virginia, got back into the vehicle and began to head toward Cebu City.

But just as the stop light turned red at the corner of Sitio Rabaya, two men on a red motorcycle fired at the vehicle six times, killing the lawyer’s wife and two others.

Young was shot in the chest and hand; Epanto was shot in right breast and hand; while Virginia was shot in right shoulder, chest, and back.

All three were rushed to the Talisay District Hospital, but were declared dead on arrival. Six empty shells and a slug of undetermined caliber were found at the crime scene.

Police operatives are looking for witnesses. The assailants reportedly wore no crash helmets. (PNA) DCT/FFC/EB/re

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