Vigan man goes on kill spree before suicide

Posted at 08/02/12 4:45 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A man committed suicide after allegedly killing his wife, daughter and two other relatives in Vigan, Ilocos Sur before dawn Thursday.

Edwin Espinueva, 37, was found dead with his wife, Frances Ruela; daughter Carla; mother-in-law Estrelita Mendoza; and wife’s cousin Jeffrey Mendoza inside their house in Barangay Amianance.

The victims died of gunshot wounds to the head.

Meanwhile, another of Edwin's daughters, aged 7, is in critical condition due to multiple gunshot wounds.

Several empty bullet shells and a .45-caliber pistol was found at the crime scene.

Frances’ father, Jerry; and another cousin of his wife, Julio, were not shot by the suspect.

Jerry and Julio were sleeping inside a room with Jeffrey. They said they did not immediately notice that Jeffrey was already shot.

Julios said after shooting Jeffrey, Edwin locked him and Jerry inside the room.

“Bumangon ako, bubuksan ko sana yung pintuan pero hindi pa siya mabuksan kasi nakatali sa labas. Tapos biglang sumulpot itong si Edwin at tinutukan ako ng baril, sabi niya huwag ‘kang lumabas Julios, huwag kang lumabas,’” Julios said.

The victims’ relatives said marital problems may have caused Edwin to run amok.

They said Frances had just found out that Edwin had an affair.

Jerry and Julios said they had dinner together the night before the shooting.