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Death in Philippines investigated

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INVESTIGATORS of Homicide and Arson Section of Bunawan Police Precinct are now scouring for evidence from the crime scene where a 19-year-old was allegedly killed in a fraternity initiation rites.
In a report from Bunawan Police Precinct reaching the Investigation and Detective Management Section of Davao City Police Office, the victim’s uncle confirmed that Karl Anthony Gaudicos, 19, was killed in a hazing.
Based on the statement of Rudy Tangtang Sebaldo gathered by SPO4 Jesus Branzuela, investigator-in-charge of the case, Gaudicos was last seen alive when he talked to his classmate at Holy Cross of Davao College inside the victim’s house in Barangay Gredu, Panabo City the night before he was found dead last Friday afternoon.
The report said the victim invited his classmate to join him during the initiation rites.
The investigator said hazing was established based on circumstantial evidence but he is still looking into the background of the fraternity and its members.
In the earlier report of the Bunawan Police Precinct, security guards of the San Pedro Hospital called 911 after a patient was rushed at the hospital, sustaining several bruises and contusions on  both legs. Gaudicos died after a few hours at the hospital and his body now lies at Angel Funeral Homes along F. Torres Street.
Responding members of Bunawan police accosted three persons to their station for investigation. But the three, who claimed not to  know the victim’s identity and that they merely brought him to the hospital, were later freed.
Written by: Lao , Guy Lorenzo
Wednesday, 26 August 2009

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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