by Marlou Tiro, ABS-CBN News
TORONTO — Police have arrested 22-year-old Yostin Murillo in the first-degree murder of Rhoderie Estrada. Estrada died on May 26 in her home in Toronto.
In a news conference, Detective Mike Carbonne stated that there is no known relationship between Murrillo and Estrada.
It is also not known if Estrada’s murder was random or premeditated.
According to a family member, her three children were sleeping on the second floor when the incident happened. No one heard any commotion. Estrada’s husband Gerald was the first person to see her body, and called 911. Her face was badly beaten.
“I was very shock and very sad…wala akong masabi dahil napakabait niya kaya lahat ng mga kaibigan niya ay shock sila dahil mabait siya galit nag alit ako sa tao dahil sa karumaldumal sa pagapatay sa kanaya mahirap aceppt na siya binawian siya ng buahy sa isang criminal na tao,” said her uncle Al Corpuz.
Estrada was laid to rest in Toronto over the weekend.
Her family members are all in Canada. She left behind 2 brothers and 1 sister.
Her’s was considered a pioneering family in Toronto among the Pinoy community. They migrated here in the 80’s and opened ATIN ITO, a once popular Filipino restaurant in the city.
Estrada’s husband Gerald Acquintey meantime is requesting privacy from media and declined to be interviewed.
But friends and relatives share sentiments on what happened to their loved one.
“Si Dherie at Gerald I know them for a long time almost 20 years nagliligawan pa sila palagi akong kasama ni Gerald, we go camping we hang out we are happy we go vacation together he talks to everyone wala silang kaaway,” said Roger Aguada.
But the family hopes the authorities will speed up their investigation because up to now, the reason behind Rhoderie’s death remains a mystery.