3 Pinoys killed in California shooting
|Courtesy of Hans Gutknecht|
LOS ANGELES - For the past few days, it has been prayers at the Calabio house with family members wondering why 34-year-old Robert was brutally gunned down over the weekend along with three other people.
“Still to this day I cannot believe na wala na siya. Hindi na siya babalik,” said Robert’s sister, Rolina Calabio.
Family recalls the younger brother they called “Totoy” as friendly, helpful and reliable, believing his kindness may have led to his death as they believe he was giving ride to his friends.
Police say early Sunday morning, four people were gunned down outside a house in Northridge. A memorial now decorates the fence as passerby from this quiet neighborhood pay their respects.
The four victims have been identified as Calabia, Teofilso Jojo Navales, Jennifer Kim and Amanda Ghossein.
Calabia immigrated to the US from Laguna in 1997, while Rolina says Navales was also Filipino and the uncle of Robert's ex-girlfriend.
Rolina had only met Ghossein and Kim hours before the murder took place.
Neither the Coroner nor police are releasing the victims' ethnicities, but a man who says he went to high school with Ghossein, says she is half Filipina.
Ghossein, the mother of a young daughter, would have turned 25 two days after the alleged shooting.
“She was outgoing, just openhearted. I don't understand what this was about. She's a really nice person. She was gentle, kind, real helpful. I really don't get why she was shot. It's too soon, man. It's too soon,” Ghossein’s former classmate said.
Police say the four victims were visiting friends at the Northridge home early Sunday morning, which had been described as an illegal boarding house with as many as 17 residents.
The four were then confronted by the suspects and shot dead.
Four suspects have since been arrested in Las Vegas a day after the murder, including Ka Pasousuk, who is believed to be the trigger man. Pasousuk has had prior convictions ranging from drugs to robbery.
Howard Alcantara, Donna Rabulon and Christina Neal were also arrested and charged with aiding a felon and robbery.
The four appeared in a Las Vegas court room Thursday and agreed to be sent back to California to face the murder charges.
In the meantime, local officials have red-tagged and evacuated the home where the murders took place.