Echiverris' to foot hospital, burial bills of Stephanie Nicole
January 2, 2013 10:56 pm
By Priam F. Nepomuceno
MANILA, Jan. 2 – Caloocan Mayor Enrico "Recom" Echiverri and Liga ng mga Barangay sa Pilipinas president, Councilor Ricojudge "RJ" Echiverri vowed to shoulder the hospital and burial bills of stray bullet victim Stephanie Nicole Ella who died Wednesday afternoon.
The Caloocan city mayor also ordered members of the local police to get to identify, arrest and charged the person behind this 'senseless' incident early in the New Year.
He added that investigators can start by subjecting the six spent slugs of .45 caliber to forensic and ballistic tests to determine if the bullets were fired by a licensed gun owner in the area of Barangay 185, Malaria, Caloocan City.
Echiverri likewise directed the police to conduct a house-by-house check to determine if any of their occupants own a gun or fired one during New Year's revelry.
The Caloocan city chief executive assured the Ella family that the city government will do everything in its authority to speedily resolved the case.
Dr. Emmanuel Bueno, East Avenue Medical Center head, said Stephanie Nicole Ella died at 2:26 p.m. after suffering her eighth cardiac arrest.
"At 2:26 p.m., Nicole Ella was declared dead after suffering her eighth cardiac arrest," he added.
He said doctors tried to resuscitate Stephanie Nicole but her parents decided to stop the treatment.
Initial investigations indicated that the victim was watching fireworks display outside her home at 2066 San Lorenzo Ruiz St., Barangay 185, Malaria, Caloocan when hit by the stay bullet around 12:45 a.m.
Witnesses claimed that the shot that downed Ella came from the vicinity of the nearby Tala Leprosarium. (PNA)