Why in the world would police kill such a sweet boy?
Kian Loyd delos Santos
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 17
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Occupation: Grade 11 student
Incident Details
  • Killed in police operation in public
  • Date of Incident: August 16, 2017
  • Location of Incident: Caloocan City

Who was Kian?

The first night of Kian’s wake, an old woman who regularly bought pencils from the Delos Santos family’s mini-store asked what happened, upon seeing a casket in what was usually a room filled with candy and school supplies.

Kian’s father, Saldy, said it was his son, the young boy who attended to you, that was killed. The news came as a shock to the old lady, who nearly fainted, as if she were a mother who just heard that her own son had been killed. The old woman asked, how could such a thing happen? He was a very good boy! He sharpened the pencils I bought so I wouldn’t have to spend for a sharpener!

The other night, a street child visited the wake to see Kian. The little boy said Kian would always turn up the volume of whatever he was watching so that the boy, too, could watch with him.

It was these little things that Kian did that has made his death a puzzle to his family. Why in the world would police kill such a sweet boy?

Saldy embraces his wife and whispers to her, “Be strong, be strong. Rest now, but be strong.”

Still, Lorenza insists on speaking to the media, when asked. She says even if she has lost her voice, when a question is asked about her son, she musters the strength to speak. She forces herself to shout. “I need to speak up for my son,” Lorenza says.

-excerpt from Rappler