Supt. D’Artagnan Denila Katalbas Jr., Guihulngan police chief, said they never intended to shoot Althea. (Althea died of a bullet that hit her spine, she was on a motorcycle with her father when police shot him in the back. The bullet hit the 4-yo girl riding in front after piercing the body of her father, who died instantly.)
Si Althea ay munting bata na 4-na-taong gulang lamang, naglalakad sa plaza para bumili ng popcorn kasama ang kanyang tatay. Sya ay binaril ng mga pulis na naghahanap sa kanyang ama.
Four-year-old Althea Fhem Barbon was extra playful and sweet to her grandparents in the afternoon of Aug. 31. She asked P20 from Lorenzo Barbon, 58, and his wife, Marilyn, 58, so she could buy popcorn in a trip to this city’s Freedom Park.
Before she and her father, Pim Alrick Barbon, 31, went to the park, she hugged her grandparents tightly.
Little did Lorenzo and Marilyn know that it would be the last embrace they would get from Althea, a kindergarten pupil at Gucce Learning Center here.
Althea and Alrick died after they were shot by policemen on Larena Street in Barangay Poblacion, a few meters away from their house.
The girl’s mother, Rowena Lorica, 27, who works in Cebu, said she last saw her daughter on April 19 when she celebrated her fourth birthday.
“It is painful. I still have not accepted what happened to her,” she said.
“You would enjoy her company because she smiled all the time. People here were fond of her,” she added.
Alrick and Althea were buried at the Catholic cemetery here on Sunday afternoon.