Some residents of Valenzuela City volunteered to fix the grave of Edwin Arnigo, the 18-year-old who was killed by the police in an operation in Valenzuela City.
When Arnigo’s body arrived Tuesday afternoon, his parents were not at their house in Phase 4 in Assumption Ville because his mother Helen Arnigo was rushed to the hospital after feeling unwell.
Michelle Penarroyo, one of the Arnigos’ neighbors, said they are very worried about Helen because of what she is going through now.
Even Edwin’s other siblings could hardly rest and sleep because of the resentment they were experiencing.
Michelle lives across from Helen’s house so she also knows the sacrifice Edwin’s parents made for the family.
She called for help for Edwin’s bereaved family.
“Financial at tulad ng comfort sa kanila. Kasi lahat sila, malungkot, mawalan ng mahal sa buhay lalo na anak at kapatid, hindi ganoon kadali iyon na biglaan,” said Michelle.
Neighbors of the child with autism shot by police in Valenzuela sought help
On Sunday, Edwin was allegedly shot while the Valenzuela police were conducting a police operation.
According to the Valenzuela police statement, Edwin allegedly snatched a gun from police Senior Master Sgt. Cristopher Salcedo so he was shot.
But this is contrary to the statement of the victim’s family.
Arnigo also could not fully comprehend how her son, who was on the autism spectrum, was shot.
“Sabi nila nang-agaw ng baril, hindi magagawa ng anak ko yun kasi ang laki ng pulis eh, paano maaagawan ng baril ‘yun? eh tutulak lang ng kalaro ‘yun talsik na,” said Arnigo.
Edwin’s teacher also could not believe the police’s statement that he had snatched the gun. Edwin is said to be a quiet, kind, and obedient student.
Meanwhile, one of those who also sympathized earlier were the PNP-IAS members who also went to the area to conduct an investigation in this case.
“Initially this is a motu propio investigation, from internal affairs Camp Crame. So pinuntahan natin ang pamilya to secure additional evidence from the neighborhood at maidagdag natin if ever mai-file ang kaso” said Police Lt. Fidel Aganus ng PNP-IAS.