Jhay Lord Clemente

Shaemie knows her father used drugs. She understands the reason why he may have been killed. It was wrong, she said. He was still her father.

The village watchmen found two bodies. Marlyn was sitting on the pink couch when they found her, bleeding but still alive. The watchmen lifted her and rushed her into a tricycle for the drive to Pasay General Hospital. Within minutes, Marlyn, lover to both Jhay Lord and Matti, she of the swagger and the laughter and the dyed blonde hair, was dead inside the blanket they had wrapped her body in.

Jhay Lord Clemente is found sprawled on his back, just beneath the couch where his lover Marlyn was found shot. Jhay Lord sustained at least 7 gunshot wounds – two shots to the gut, one on his chest, one to the side of his neck, one on his wrist, another on his forearm, and a last to the corner of his right eye.

It was Jhay Lord, the eldest, who was his mother Imelda’s favorite. Imelda says it was because Jhay Lord was affectionate. He would sling his arm around her, and remind her, often, to sleep early and eat well.

A photographer who covered the story wrote, he was an “easygoing, fun-loving man.” She wrote that he liked hopia and basketball jerseys and dogs. She wrote that he had two children and a dog named Puppy.

Shaemie knows her father used drugs. She understands the reason why he may have been killed. It was wrong, she said. He was still her father.

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