A 74-year-old widow was found dead with 30 stab wounds in her house in Parañaque City subdivision Thursday evening amid the local police’s effort to enforce the enhanced community quarantine in the city.
“It appears that the suspect or suspects are experienced criminals who took advantage of the fact that the victim was living alone,” Parañaque City police chief Colonel Robin Sarmiento reported to NCRPO director Major General Debold M. Sinas.
Sarmiento said victim Sonia Moral was discovered in her house at No. 8402 Hemlock Street, Marcelo Green Village, Barangay Marcelo Green, Parañaque City by a neighbor around 10 p.m. yesterday.
The official said the victim’s neighbor decided to inform local authorities when she failed to respond to her repeated calls.
Local police investigators later found the victim’s body with 30 stab wounds.
Sarmiento said they were told by neighbors of the victim that she was living alone in her house and is known for having a modest lifestyle. A friendly neighbor looks after the widow.
Relatives of the victim who were interviewed by the police said she doesn't keep much cash and valuables in her home. However, pieces of fake jewelry items were found scattered in the house.
Sarmiento said that as of press time, they are yet to identify any suspect but added it appears that the killer or killers have been watching the widow for quite some time and grabbed the opportunity to enter her house when nobody was around.
“We are still searching for the weapon used and are looking at robbery as the main motive. However, we are also puzzled on why the suspect or suspects would inflict 30 stab wounds on a 74-year old hapless victim,” said the official.