Karen Kaye Montebon, brutally killed inside their house received justice.
The 17 year-old first-year accountancy student of the University of San Carlos, Karen Kaye Montebon finally received justice after suspect shot dead in Nasingin Island in Getafe, Bohol, Tuesday. She was found dead by her father, James Montebon inside their own house in the Corinthians Subdivision in Barangay Basak, Lapu-Lapu City.
The brutal killing caught everyone’s attention, her photos also went viral on social media asking for justice. It was found out that victim Karen Kaye Montebon was raped before being killed, after an autopsy report released. She acquire bruises and cord of a hair straightener tied around her neck.
Physicians form Mactan Doctors’ Hospital confirmed that Montebon was strangled and had a laceration in her private parts.
After said killing, authorities immediately launched investigation and manhunt. They obtained copies of surveillance camera footage to identify the suspect. Footage from two houses, one inside the subdivision and the other along the road outside to enhanced investigation. A reward worth P500,000 was offered by Lapu-Lapu City Government, to anyone who can give information leading to the arrest of Montebon’s killer.
In statement of Police Regional Office-7’s Senior Superintendent Rey Lyndon Lawas, “We are now tapping the resources of the PNP organization nationwide. If possible we will request for the expertise of the national headquarters like in conducting the DNA, because we have recovered some evidence that can lead to the identification of the suspect,” asking hep from national headquarters of the Philippine National Police .
According to Lapu-Lapu police chief Senior Supt. Armando Radoc, the suspect was identified as 23 year-old Ruben Fernandez. Through a confession by his girlfriend Jenalyn Soon, who lives in Olango island in Mactan. Soon claimed she was not aware of the murder or robbery after she and her boyfriend visited Karen, September 15.
The sister of Karen Kaye Montebon and Soon are friends, who regularly sending money to her through Montebon’s mother. Without her knowledge, her boyfriend Ruben Fernandez went back to Montebon’s house and took the victims personal belongings including iPad mini, DSLR camera, earrings, PSP and necklace before murder took place. After the manhunt, the suspect killing Karen Kaye Montebon shot dead in Nasingin Island in Getafe, Bohol shortly before the arrival of Lapu-Lapu policemen.
Justice prevailed and development was a major breakthrough in the case, said Lapu-Lapu Mayor Radaza. “I thank the police for working very hard to give justice to the senseless killing of a very young Oponganon, Karen Kaye. I thank her classmates, the youth and the Cebuanos in general for making their voices heard by using social media with hashtag #justiceforkarenkayemontebon to push the police to resolve the case quickly. The vigilance of the traditional media has also seen to it that the pursuit of the killer didn’t waver.” IMAGE/Facebook