Canadian shooter's body cremated
MANILA, Philippines – The body of John Pope, the Canadian gunman who killed two people before turning the gun on himself in a shooting spree inside the Cebu City justice hall last week, has been cremated.
This was confirmed by Cebu City Police acting director Sr. Supt. Mariano Natu-El, who added that Pope’s family requested through the Canadian Embassy that the body not be autopsied and be sent back to Canada as soon as possible.
They authorized one Ires Adiong to collect Pope’s ashes from the Cosmopolitan Memorial Home in Junquerra, Cebu City.
The funeral personnel confirmed that last Wednesday, they got Pope’s body from the Cebu Doctors Hospital. The body was cremated last Friday and on the same day, Adiong was there to collect the ashes.
Pope’s family will pay the P40,000 for his cremation and storage for two days through the Department of Foreign Affairs.
In his shooting spree, Pope killed Dr. Rene Rafols and lawyer Jovian Atias, while also wounding Assistant City Prosecutor Maria Teresa Casiño.
Pope was being sued for numerous counts of malicious mischief, grave threat and illegal possession of firearms.