ORMOC CITY-A seven-year-old boy from Calubian, Leyte who was reported missing but was later learned to be kidnapped by a family errand was found dead in the neighboring town of Leyte, Leyte on Friday (Dec.15).

The dead body of the victim, only identified by the local police as Aaron, was discovered at about 5:16 pm in a grassy area of Barangay Palid, Leyte town.

The suspect, Kevin Lapu-Lapu, 27, led the police to the area where he dragged the victim and killed him by kneeling down on his stomach, police case investigator, Corporal Randolph Caratao, said in a phone interview.

It was learned that Lapu-Lapu, who is from Sitio Kamalig, Barangay Palid 1 of Leyte town, was an errand boy of the family of the seven-year-old boy.

Based on the information from the police, the suspect killed the boy out of vengeance for his younger brother, who also worked as an errant boy in the family of the victim.

The suspect claimed that his younger brother was slapped by the mother of the victim.
The boy was first reported missing on December 14 with the suspect reported for work the following day.

However, based on a CCTV footage, the suspect took the boy with him on board a tricycle on the day he was first reported missing.

At first, Lapu-Lapu denied any involvement in the incident but later admitted that he killed the boy.

Lapu-Lapu, who was earlier convicted for illegal drug use in Manila, is now detained at the Calubian municipal police station as he was charged for murder. (ROBERT DEJON)