By BiliranIsland.com Staff
Published 6:40 PM, March 10, 2017
Updated 10:21 AM, March 22, 2017
BATO, Biliran, Biliran- A US citizen was shot to death by riding-in-tandem along the national highway in Biliran province late afternoon today, Friday, March 10.
Based on initial police report, the shooting incident happened around 3:35 p.m. along the highway of Barangay Bato, Biliran, Biliran.
The victim was still brought to Biliran provincial hospital for treatment but was declared dead-on-arrival by attending physician.
The victim was identified as Harvey Gene Abrams, a retired US Marine and a resident of Barangay Bato, Biliran, Biliran, the police report revealed.
The police report also stated that one live hand grenade was recovered from the crime scene.
According to Maria Aragon, 35 years old, the wife of the victim, in an interview with Biliranisland staff, they were going to Naval town to fetch their Grade VI pupil studying at Lightbringer when suddenly a new XRM Honda single motorcycle bearing a for registration plate with two riders wearing helmet and tattoed jacket emerged from the left side of the car driven by her husband and took a shot using a gun with silencer hitting the upper left arm which caused the death of her husband.
She told that the riding in tandem assailants came back and before the second attempt to shoot at them she said she maneuvered to disembark from the front seat and took cover at the rear seat of the car. She saw that the suspects fled away going to Naval.
She narrated that it took an hour before the police arrived for help since the motorists passing them did not even help them. She added that it was their service truck vehicle that was used in bringing the body of her husband to Biliran provincial hospital.
She further said that she suspected only two group of persons who might be responsible with the death of her husband and this can be traced to land disputes with these two groups. She told that these groups made prior threats to kill her husband by paying somebody to kill him.
Maria who is a resident of Caibiran said that they just celebrated their 13th year engagement anniversary last October of 2016. She also told that her husband who is from Portland, Oregon in US was serving as US Marines soldier for 33 years and went in Philippines in 2004 and stayed for good until the day he was shot. Abrams has 3 daughters and a son living in US, she added.
The remains of his husband was still at St. Peter funeral home in Naval waiting to be autopsied by SOCO.
The shooting of Abrams was the second case in Bilipan province perpertrated by riding in tandem. The first was that of Henk, a Dutch national living in Barangay Talustusan, Naval, Biliran who was gunned down at Sitio Dapdap in Barangay Agpangi, Naval while driving his car with his child on board on his way going to Naval. A police told that there was already a warrant of arrest issued by the court against the perpetrators of Henk, however, the suspects are still at large at present.