Lawyer killed

-Riding-in-tandem guns down mining officer in Tagum

A Lady lawyer was killed in a road attack by still unidentified riding-in-tandem hitmen in Barangay Mankilam, Tagum City, Davao del Norte yesterday morning.

Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, the spokesperson of the Police Regional Office XI, identified the victim as lawyer Connie del Rio-Villamor, 39, married, of Purok Pag-asa, Barangay Visayan Village in Tagum City.

Villamor reportedly worked as the community relations head of the Compostela Valley-based Apex Mining Corp. On Linkedin, the victim is listed as corporate lawyer of Tagum Doctors Hospital Inc. She owned several businesses in Tagum and Maco, Compostela Valley.

“We’re looking at personal grudge or work-related issues as some of the possible motives in the attack, or other motives that may arise depending on the evidence gathered,” Driz said.

A special investigation task group (SITG) was set to be created to investigate the incident.

The victim was driving her black Subaru Forester XT, with plate number ADP 3141, on her way to Apokon National High School.

Upon reaching Purok Gabayan, Barangay Mankilam, two unidentified men on board a motorcycle overtook the vehicle.

At 8:34 a.m., the back rider of the motorcycle opened fire towards the driver’s seat of the Subaru.

The car swerved to a concrete fence before bumping on the cemented barrier.

The suspects fled.

Rescuers from the City Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Office reportedly rushed the victim to the Davao Regional Medical Center.

The lawyer sustained multiple gunshot wounds on her body and was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician at the hospital, a report from the Tagum Police Station said.

The victim’s body was then transferred to Rubio Funeral Services.

The Scene of the Crime Operatives recovered a .45 caliber pistol in the crime scene.

“For now, investigators are still digging deeper,” Driz said.

She urged witnesses “to come out and report to the police the circumstance of the case and cooperate so that we may easily bring justice.”

Police are still verifying the court cases handled by the victim.