Friends raise funds to bring slain Filipino nurse's body home

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

July 26, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – He loved traveling to new places and talked about tasting the good life.  At 33 years old, Erano Catap Santos wanted to have it all– until it all ended, all of a sudden.

The Filipino nurse, who worked at Health South Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, was found dead by the Memphis police Saturday afternoon, by Stonebridge Crossing Apartments in Cordova, where he lived.

Christopher Pineda, a college friend who is now based in New Jersey said he’s devastated by Erano’s death.

“I was really shocked.  I never expected this to happen to my friend.  And for this to happen so tragically makes it more surreal,” he said.

Witnesses reportedly told officers that Erano was engaged in a fight in the parking lot with a still unidentified person, when he was shot and his vehicle was taken.

But Rizalynn Lacanilao-Santos, another college friend of Erano’s who is now based in San Jose, California, has a hard time believing reports that her friend had an altercation with the suspect.
“It’s not in his nature to fight.  He would have just let go of his car, if it means saving himself,”  she pointed out.

Authorities are now searching for the killer and for Erano’s 2013 Honda Civic four-door.  His aunt, Lourdes Likes, who lives in San Diego said it should have never ended in murder.

“The suspect should have just taken the car and left it at that.  Erano should have not been killed,” she said.

His loved-ones said it’s a shame that Erano died so young.  After all, he had dreams to fulfill.

He waited seven years to come to America.  He was finally able to move here early least year.

Both of Erano’s parents are dead and he wanted to help support his siblings in Pampanga.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. announced that the Memphis police is coordinating with them in the ongoing investigation into Erano’s death.

His friends and family said they want the suspect to be held accountable for killing Erano.  “Whoever did this needs to go to jail and that can help all of us move on from this,”  said Lourdes.

For now, Erano’s classmates from Angeles City Foundation have organized a drive to raise funds through Facebook, to bring Erano’s body home to the Philippines.

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  • Ariel L
    26 July 2013 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    It should be Angeles University Foundation not Angeles City Foundation.