Massacre in La Castellana, 3 Killed in Hacking Due to Land Conflict

A father and his two children were killed, while his live-in partner and another child were injured in a hacking incident in Sitio Cambugnay, Barangay Cabacungan, La Castellana town, Negros Occidental around 10:00 a.m. Sunday.

Police Chief Inspector Irma Teoxon, La Castellana PNP OIC police chief identified the victims as Luis Villahermosa Solis, 39, father; his children Marcelino Leones Solis, 11, and Lady Loisa Leones Solis, 6 - all of Sitio Cambugnay, Barangay Cabacungan, La Castellana.

They sustained multiple hack wounds in the body and all died on the spot.

Wounded were Luis’ live-in partner Jennifer Leones Caratayco, 27; and Lawrence Andrew Leones Solis, 13.

Teoxon identified the suspect as Richard Solis Paquera, 23, married, of Purok 4, Barangay Cabacungan, La Castellana.

He surrendered to Barangay Officials who turned him over to police authorities after the incident.

Teoxon said that the motive of the incident was an old grudge due land conflict.

Initial investigation disclosed that around 10:00 a.m. Sunday, the victim Luis Solis while walking home from barangay proper of Cabacungan was met along the way by the suspect, who just came from cleaning his farm and without any provocation hacked the victim.

Though wounded, victim managed to run to his house while being chased by the suspect, who eventually cornered him at his residence and hacked several times.

Victim’s live-in partner, Jennifer Caratayco and children who happened to be in the house, saw the incident and shouted for help but were subsequently hacked by the suspect.

The two wounded were brought to La Castellana Rural Health Unit and later transferred to Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital for treatment of their serious hack wounds.*