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Ex-cop shoots family, kills self

CEBU. Joel Belamide Lopez committed suicide after he shot his family. (Rey Campaña)

A FORMER policeman committed suicide after he shot dead his wife, son, and stepdaughter in Barangay Valladolid, Carcar City, Cebu past 5 a.m. Sunday, July 23.

Chief Inspector Jose Liddawa, the city police commander, identified the former cop as Joel Belamide Lopez, who shot himself using an M16 rifle.

Liddawa said Lopez, 36, possibly used the same high-powered rifle in killing his wife Jelyn Lapiña Lopez, 36; stepdaughter Angel May Lapiña, 12; and son Myir Lapiña Lopez, 8.

They were all shot in the head.

Before the incident, Jelyn and Lopez were arguing over financial problems. A series of gunbursts then followed.

Jelyn’s grandfather went to couple’s house and find the victims sprawled on the floor bloodied. Lopez turned the rifle on himself and fired.

Published in the SunStar Cebu newspaper on July 24, 2017.

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