CALLS MOUNT TO PROBE PINAY’S UNEXPLAINED DEATH

By Don Tagala, ABS CBN North America Bureau

June 3, 2013

STERLING, VA – The remains of Costco shooting victim Mylene De Leon-Scott have been claimed from the Medical Examiner’s Office in Manassas, Virginia over the weekend.

The Medical Examiner’s office declined to comment on the results of the autopsy.

Clift Scott, Mylene’s ex-husband told ABS-CBN News that he and Mylene’s uncle were talking to funeral homes earlier today regarding the funeral service and burial but dates have not been established at this time.

Mylene Scott’s uncle Virgil Salvador and ex-husband Clift Scott declined ABS CBN’s request for an interview, saying they would rather not speak while investigations on the Costco shooting are ongoing.

A number of Filipinos are still questioning the unexplained death of their ‘kababayan.’

“I guess this is an overreaction. It shouldn’t have turned out that way. She was shot multiple times and that was really bad, considering that the knife she wielded wasn’t as deadly as the guns pointed at her,”
Chicago lawyer, Maricar Madrid Crost said.

“Para sa akin, malaking pagkakamali na ginawa ng police yun sa taong walang kalaban laban,” said Long Beach, NY resident Janeth Panganiban.

The Washington Post’s editorial board is also questioning the unexplained death of the 38-year-old Filipina. In its Sunday editorial, entitled “An Unexplained Death At Costo,” it cited that while Sheriff Michael Chapman seems to think that the Sheriff’s deputy had no choice but to shoot Mylene and acted according to procedures, in justified self-defense, when Scott came to them with a knife, the failed deployment of a Taser is curious and concerning.

ABS-CBN News sought the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office for answers on the alleged excessive number of shots fired at the Filipina and why the Taser did not work, but the County Sheriff’s official spokesperon, Liz Mills said that they are not issuing any comments or statements regarding the Costco shooting at this time.

The two deputies are now on paid administrative leave pending the investigation’s outcome.

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