Pinoy charged with killing coworker postpones arraignment

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

May 29, 2014

SAN DIEGO – It was an emotional day at the San Diego county courthouse as members of Raquel Morales’ family attended a hearing for the suspect believed to have killed her while at work.

“A bunch of emotions, sadness, anger, I mean it’s just hard (sic) if you are guilty, we are hoping that you will be sent to jail and suffer,” Raquel’s nephew Ryan Alacon said.

Despite at least a dozen members from the victim’s family, and a few from the suspect’s side, Leopoldo Pacuan’s arraignment was postponed until Friday because he needed a Tagalog interpreter.

Police arrested Pacuan, who has been working for LBC Express since 2009, as the suspect in Raquel’s death earlier this month.

The 63-year-old Raquel was described as a loyal employee at the LBC express in Mira Mesa for 13 years. She was found murdered at the store in May.

“A death in the family is hard. Especially for my aunt. She was very loving and caring sweet person. Just to go through this is very hard for the family,” said Alacon.

While other family members declined to speak to media, they continue to mourn Raquel’s death.

It is not known how close the two coworkers have been and police have yet to determine the motive for Morales’ death, but reports say it may have been an attempted robbery.

Authorities continue to detain Pacuan without bail.

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