Pinoy killed outside Winnipeg club laid to rest
CANADA – The family of a Filipino-Canadian who died in a shooting incident in Winnipeg is still waiting for justice.
Rustom Vito Paclipan has been laid to rest in his homeland Cebu after the fatal shooting outside a downtown Winnipeg club almost a month ago.
But the mother of the 23-year-old victim is grieving as she fights for justice in her only son's death.
"I have lots of anger right now in me that I don't know kung sino ang pagbubuntungan ko ng galit ko. I can't put in words how much I feel right now. I'm hoping for his justice," said his mother, Elvira Paclipan-Padillo.
In an official release issued by the Winnipeg Police Service, two suspects were identified in the shooting — a 16-year-old youth has been charged with manslaughter and 21-year-old Marcus James Richard has been charged with first degree murder in connection to the deadly shooting.
Despite his short life, Paclipan has proven his strong will and determination as a student. He was just weeks away from receiving his diploma.
"He definitely learned the system and really fit in well. He would have been an excellent maintenance engineer in the industry for sure, and it's a huge loss in the aviation community as well as to all the Stevenson family," his instructor Leon Woychuk said.
His friends became his second family away from home.
"When he would walk into a room, he would brighten up the whole room. His laugh is so contagious. When he laughed, everyone else laughed and he just wanted everyone else to be happy even though he wasn't happy," said his friend, Aljon Lacap.
Another friend, KC Manese said, "I love him very much and I miss him and he was like another older brother to me and he was like my brother's best friend and he will never be forgotten."