Efforts now taking place to repatriate slain Filipina’s remains
BALDWIN PARK, CA — It’s a quiet street in Baldwin Park, but it was the scene of on-going domestic abuse-that escalated into a holiday murder suicide.
Police believe 49-year-old Albert Villagomes Ong stabbed his Filipina wife Blessel Ong to death on December 26th before stabbing himself to death.
Local reports show that he has a history of domestic violence, and currently serving three years of probation.
A day before the gruesome discovery, a welfare check was made on the couple.
The Sheriff’s department says it does not intend to release additional information as murder-suicide cases are often closed quickly.
There are no plans to officially release the victim’s name, but the internet has done that part — and now a movement to help a kababayan is picking up traction.
Facebook user Alman Ray identified Blessel as his sister.
He has asked for donations on his Facebook page, while a YouCaring page has been set up.
Hundreds of friends and family, many from her hometown of Zamboanga Del Norte, have shown their condolences, and remembering fond memories as fundraising efforts began this week to bring the 25-year old’s remains home.
The assistance to nationals officers at Los Angeles Philippine consulate in Los Angeles are attending to this matter.
Ong’s body remains with the county coroner, and is expected to released in the coming day.
Loved ones hope as soon as she’s released she can be brought home to the Philippines as soon as possible.