On April 5, the town of Plaridel, Bulacan was stunned when a 23-year-old former beauty queen was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen who delivered a box of chocolates and a bouquet of flowers to her home.
The victim was identified as Mary Christine Balagtas. She won the title of Lakambini ng Bulacan in 2009.
According to Plaridel Chief of Police Supt. Julio Lizardo, the victim was visited by two unknown males at 9:10 AM at the 1st La Mirada Subdivision, Barangay Banga. After the victim opened the door and received the gifts, the two assailants shot the young woman in the head before fleeing the scene of the crime.
Ms. Balagtas was rushed to the Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Pulilan Town. Unfortunately, the victim was pronounced dead on arrival.
Chief Lizardo stated that the gunmen fled the scene via motorbike. The on-going investigation may have found leads which may bring the suspects to justice.