Can Stephanie Nicole's killer still be traced?

Posted at 01/02/13 6:58 PM

Forensic pathologist, cop say bullet from body to provide clues

MANILA, Philippines – Police are still clueless as to who fired the gun that killed a 7-year-old girl in Caloocan City.

But the stray bullet that killed Stephanie Nicole Ella could have just come from within the area, forensic pathologist Dr. Raquel Fortun said on Wednesday.

Fortun said the bullet recovered from Ella's body will answer a lot questions including where the gun was fired and what type of firearm was used.

“Pwede kang gumawa ng mga logical na conclusion at mabigyan ka ng tip saan ka pwede maghanap, sino ang bumaril, saan nanggaling at nasaan siya,” Fortun told dzMM’s “Pasada Sais Trenta”.

She said if, for example, a gun was fired upwards inside the Quezon City Memorial Circle, it is likely that the bullet will also fall within the area.

Supt. Jack Candelario, asst. chief of operations of PNP Caloocan, on the other hand, said wind velocity plays a factor in the bullet’s trajectory.

“Depende rin sa hangin ‘yan. Kasi mayroon tayong tinatawag na wind velocity. Ito ay nagkakaroon ng epekto sa balang bababa,” he told dzMM in a separate interview.

Candelario said they are now investigating registered gun owners and police officers living in Caloocan.

“Everybody is a suspect, mapa-police po ‘yan or registered gun owner. Kaya nga po ang kapulisan natin ngayon ay sinusuyod ang buong lugar para ma-identify kung may kapulisan doon o registered gun owners,” he said.

He added that several slugs found near Ella’s house have been surrendered to authorities.

He said this may indicate that rapid firing occurred during New Year’s Eve.

Ella was hit by the stray bullet while she and her family were watching fireworks outside their house in Caloocan.

She slipped into a coma and passed away at 2:26 p.m. on Wednesday.