Three members of the same family were killed when a computer addict stabbed them to death at their internet café in Isabela, Negros Occidental.
Killed were 57-year-old Ricardo Carpentero, 59-year-old Consuelo Carpentero (his wife), and their 23-year-old son, Carlo.
The family’s 25-year-old daughter, Sheila Mae, was also stabbed but survived after hospital treatment.
Carlo’s seven-year-old son was unharmed in the attack after he hid under a bed during the rampage, which occurred at the family’s home in Baraangay Consalongon.
The young boy told police he was woken by a commotion and saw the killing first hand – he told police he hid from the attacker in fear of his life.
Local police say 27-year-old Jemar Carpio fled the scene of the murders, leaving behind the weapon and a pair of slippers.
An investigation into the killings revealed how Carpio didn’t always pay when he played an online game at the family’s internet café. On the night before the killings, Carlo had asked Carpio to vacate the computer he was using because a group of paying teenagers wanted to use it.
The suspect made way for the customers but returned at 1:30am asking to use the computer. Carlo refused him as it was closing time for the cafe. Carpio abruptly left, and returned with a knife and stabbed Carlo.
When Ricardo came to check on the commotion, the suspect stabbed him in the chest with the same weapon. He then entered the family home and stabbed Sheila Mae and Consuelo, who was able to run outside and scream for help.
The suspect fled the scene of the crime, leaving behind a 15-inch knife. Police say that Carloa died at the scene, while Ricardo and Consuelo died while being taken to a nearby hospital.
Carpio later surrendered to police