BACOLOD CITY — The body of a 14-year-old boy believed to have been beaten to death by a drug addict who is also a minor was found on a deserted lot in Bacolod City Friday, the police have said.
John Ray Jalando-on, of 6th Street of Barangay 17, Bacolod City and a Grade 1 pupil at the Andres Bonifacio Elementary School 1, was found dead by a bicycle-for-hire driver on the lot off Bacolod’s 21st Street. The driver said he went to the area after two minors told him they saw a 14-year-old boy kill the victim and where to find Jalando-on’s body.
Jalando-on suffered multiple wounds including ones on the back of his head and on his neck, police investigators said.
The suspect, whose name is being withheld by the Philippine Daily
Inquirer (parent company of INQUIRER,net), was still at large, according to PO3 Julius Lagon of the Police Station 2.
The two witnesses, aged 11 and 13, told the police that Jalando-on was on his way home at about 10 p.m. Thursday after staying near a restaurant at 21st Street when the suspect put his arm around him and led him to the deserted property.
They said that Jalando-on must have been hit with a bottle by his young assailant because they heard a bottle shatter.
The two boys added they saw the assailant kick Jalando-on and strike him with a big stone twice before he dragged his victim’s body to a dark area on the lot and covered the blood near the body with sand.
The suspect then told them to go home and not to tell anybody about the incident, the minors told the police.
Jalando-on’s mother, Leilani, 36, said that she could not accept what happened to John Ray as he was a “good child” who helped their family make ends meet by selling recycled clothes to jeepney drivers.