FEU condemns shooting of 3 students
MANILA, Philippines -- The Far Eastern University (FEU) on Wednesday condemned the shooting of three of its students in front of the campus in Manila.
Two of the victims died while another sustained injuries after they were shot by unknown assailants past 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Jerald Ramos, 21, was declared dead on arrival at the UST Hospital. Juan Paulo Nepomuceno, 17, meanwhile, died at around 10 p.m.
The lone survivor, 18-year-old Adrian Joseph Santiago, is now in stable condition in Mary Chiles General Hospital.
"The FEU community deeply mourns this act of violence against its students and we share the bereavement of the families of Jerald and Paulo," FEU said in a statement.
FEU will hold a nine-day prayer vigil beginning today from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. "for justice, healing and guidance in our crusade for security and order in the University Belt."
The prayer vigil today will be held at FEU Manila's Gate 4 along Nicanor Reyes Street.
Succeeding vigils will be held at the FEU Manila Quadrangle.
"We urge everyone to unite with us in condemning these senseless acts of violence," FEU said.
Police said they are eyeing fraternity wars as the possible reason behind the shooting. However, they noted that the victims were members of the university's drums and bugle band.
Investigations are still ongoing.