3 kids, mom murdered in Valenzuela

Posted at 08/22/2012 3:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A mother and three children were stabbed dead inside their house in Valenzuela City before dawn Wednesday.

Police identified the fatalities as Verna Castro, 36; Hannah Castro, 17; Samuel Castro, 6; and a-month-old who was a child of Verna's sibling.

Another son of Verna, 12-year-old Joshua, remains at the intensive care unit of a hospital. He was able to tell the police that their houseboy, 27-year-old Jeffrey Torla, was the one who killed his siblings.

Torla, incidentally, was one of those found wounded at the crime scene along St. Joseph Street in Barangay Malanday.

He and Verna were naked, leading police to suspect that rape was the motive for the crime.

Hannah, Samuel and the baby died on the spot. Verna and Torla, on the other hand, died while being treated at the hospital.

Police have yet to determine whether the stab wounds sustained by Torla were self-inflicted as two knives were found at the crime scene. – reports from Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News; Zandro Ochona and Robert Mano, dzMM