People all over the Philippines were shocked when the tragic death of a hazing victim made headlines nationwide. Horacio Tomas Castillo III was a law student studying at the University of Santo Tomas who met an untimely end because of brutal hazing rites.
In the early morning of September 17, Friday, the 22-year old’s cold and lifeless body was found lying on a pavement in the corner of H. Lopez Boulevard and Infanta Street in Balut, Tondo, Manila. It was not until later that day when his family found out the tragic fate of their son.
An anonymous tip brought Horacio Castillo, Jr. and his wife to Archangel Funeral Home in Sampaloc, Manila where they first saw their son’s remains. Horacio’s body was riddled with bruises, cigarette burns, and candle wax drippings. It was evident from these injuries that Horacio was a hazing victim of the Aegis Juris fraternity.
Authorities from the Manila Police Department were immediately alerted of the incident. In a previous report, they have reportedly already conducted a nationwide manhunt to arrest people linked to Horacio’s death. One of them is medical technologist John Paul Solano, who claimed to have found Horacio’s body and rushed him to the Chinese Medical Hospital.
Horacio’s remains were laid to rest at Sanctuario De San Antonio in Forbes Park, Makati City. The Castillo family have refrained from disclosing any more information about the wake and burial as they wished to maintain their privacy.
In a heartbreaking Facebook post, the grieving father of the hazing victim cried for justice for his son. He posted a photo of his son’s remains with their dog, Lega.
“I swear I’ll bring you justice Atio but the sad part you are gone and how I wish I should have just been the one because you have such a great future ahead of you. I love you Atio and same with Lega. Till we meet again.”
People on social media expressed their sympathies and condolences towards the family. Meanwhile, police investigations in search of the other suspects are still ongoing.
On behalf of Trending News Portal, we would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Castillo family. We are with you in seeking justice for his death.
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