Austrian court employee Holy Week shootings

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DUMAGUETE CITY – An Austrian national and a court employee were killed in two separate Holy Week shooting incidents in this city and in Valencia town in Negros Oriental.

Police have begun a manhunt in pursuit of the suspects who shot 61-year-old Austrian national Franz Kremser, who was found dead at a coconut field near a creek in Barangay Balugo in Valencia town on Holy Wednesday morning.

Kremser died from three gunshot wounds in his back and buttocks, initial investigation by the Valencia police shows.

The victim was riding a motorcycle with an unknown man and woman to Balugo where they were met by two unidentified men posing as coconut lumber buyers, according to records from the Valencia police.

Witnesses then heard gunshots and immediately went to the area where they found the Austrian national dead.

Officers from the Valencia police have gone to Barangay Combado in Bacong town where Kremser was residing based on his Alien Certificate of Registration. However, none of the locals there said they knew the victim, police said.

As of posting time, police have yet to determine the motive for the killing and are conducting follow-up investigations to identify the suspects.

Meanwhile, a court employee was shot dead by yet unidentified gunmen “riding-in-tandem” in Barangay Cantil-e, Dumaguete City on Holy Tuesday afternoon.

Calixto Favor, 59, and a process server of the Hall of Justice in this city suffered 11 gunshot wounds in his head, chest, and body. He was rushed to the Holy Child Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Initial investigation by the Dumaguete Police showed that Favor was driving his motorcycle while running errands for his job when the gunmen, in another motorcycle, shot him multiple times with a 9 mm. caliber handgun.

As Favor sprawled on the ground dying, the suspect sped in an unknown direction.

Police have yet to determine the identities of the suspects and their motive in killing Favor.