Race champ Enzo Pastor murdered in QC

Posted at 06/13/14 9:25 AM


MANILA (UPDATED) - Filipino Nascar driver Enzo Pastor was shot dead inside his car in Quezon City late Thursday.


Witnesses said Pastor and his assistant had just come from Batangas and were on their way to Clark for the final leg of the Asian V-8 Championship when they were attacked by two motorcycle-riding men along Visayas Avenue corner Congressional Avenue.

Paolo Salazar, assistant of the race car driver, said they were at a stoplight when one of the men who was wearing a mask suddenly approached and shot Pastor in the head several times.

"Tinambangan lang po. Parang tinambangan lang po. Kasi pagdating sa ano binaril na po siya," he said.

Pastor, who was the one driving the car at that moment, sustained three gunshot wounds in the head and neck.

Salazar was also wounded in the incident.

Police said Pastor had likely been the target of the shooting.

However, they have yet to determine the suspects' motive.

Even the family of Pastor said he has no known enemies.

"Walang pagnanakaw kasi walang nawala sa gamit niya. From behind, lumapit yung gunman at tiningnan kung siya talaga," Supt. Ariel Capocao, commander of Quezon City Police District Station 3, said.

Police will look at the closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in the area for possible identification of the suspects.

Pastor was 32 years old. He competed in the Euro Nascar, winning overall champion, and received the All Star Awards at the Night of Champions-Nascar gala last December in North Carolina. -- With report from Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News