Published: Thursday 12 July, 2018

4-Year Old Boy, Skyler Abatayo, Killed by Stray Bullet During Drug Bust

Justice for Skyler Abatayo, that’s what his parents want. Skyler was a four-year old boy killed by a stray bullet during an anti-drug operation in Cebu.

Skyler Abatayo

RIP Bladen Skyler Abatayo, killed by a stray bullet in Cebu. (Facebook)

Police said they received a tip that four drug suspects were using and repacking shabu in a shanty in Sitio Bato, Barangay Ermita, Cebu City.

A police operation was hatched on Tuesday around 2:00 PM. According to Carbon Police Station 5 commander Senior Inspector John Escober, a shootout ensued when the drug suspects saw them.

“Bale nung pagdating ng mga officers natin sa area so sinilip nila yung bahay…sa second floor sinilip nila so nakita nila may apat na personalities, dalawa ang nagrerepack tapos dalawa ang gumagamit ng shabu,” said Escober, as quoted by GMA News.

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”May narinig silang putok ng baril coming from the suspects so biglang napatigil yung mga pulis natin tapos nagtakbuhan sa second floor yung mga drug personalities para makatakas,” he added.

The suspects were able to escape using back alleys the police were not familiar with. They then received a report that someone had been hurt, a young boy.

Skyler Abatayo was hit by a stray bullet in the chest. Escober said they took him to the hospital but the young boy was declared dead on arrival.

The police said the stray bullet did not come from their side.

“Definitely hindi galing sa pulis natin, pero most probably galing sa mga drug personalities,” said Escober.

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An investigation is ongoing.

Bladen Skyler Abatayo