Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

FALLBROOK, Calif.–The Bulaoro family is still trying to cope with grief and shock as a parent’s worst nightmare came true. After missing for nearly two weeks, their eldest child, 24-year old Alvin Justine Bulaoro was found mysteriously dead inside his car. Authorities are investigating his case as a homicide.

The family has no idea what could have happened to someone who had a reputation for kindness. “Very sad, emotional since this happened. I cannot sleep or eat,” cried his mother Josephine.

Alvin had been missing since December 21st. His trauma inflicted body was found inside his Toyota 4-runner at a shopping center parking lot about a mile away from the Bulaoro home last Wednesday. The body was wrapped in a sleeping bag.

Authorities are still trying to determine the time of death and how long the vehicle had been there. The family says Alvin, who they believe had no enemies, was planning to enjoy a Friday night with friend when he last left their home.

The family came to the U.S. from Visayas in 2007. Alvin served four years in the U.S. Navy, receiving many awards and certifications. He was honorably discharged in 2011 after budget cuts forced the military to downsize. He pursued a master’s degree in business healthcare administration while working at the family’s home health care facility. He recently joined the U.S. Army reserve last May, and was supposed to be promoted to commanding officer later this month.

Sheriff’s deputies from the homicide department are continuing investigations. Anyone with information can call(858) 974-2321.

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