Gossip triggers killing of senior citizen, daughter

Himamaylan PNP photo

A senior citizen and his daughter were killed after they were hacked by their relative in their home at Barangay Mahalang, Himamaylan City, Negros Occidental, on Monday, October 25.

Killed were Carlos Era, 70, and his daughter Merly Lahay-Lahay, 48, while the elderly victim’s other daughter, Egie Era, 38, was injured.

Suspect Danny Lahay-Lahay, 50, of Kabankalan City, went to the victims’ house and attacked his in-law, Merly, with a bolo, a police report said.

Era and his other daughter tried to pacify the suspect, who then attacked them.

Due to multiple hack wounds Merly died on the spot, while her father died at the hospital.

Egie is still confined at a hospital.

PLt. Arturo Margallo Jr., deputy police chief of the Himamaylan City Police Station, said the suspect, who is at large, was pissed after he alleged that Merly was spreading rumors that he was having an affair with another woman.*

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