IMUS, Cavite, Philippines — A pastor of the Iglesia ni Cristo, his wife and their six-year-old son were found dead inside their chapel in Ternate, Cavite on Thursday.
The victims were identified as Darius Api, 34, his wife Antery, 36, and son Kurt Russel.
Senior Superintendent Mark Edson Belarma, chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Calabarzon, said the three were found dead inside the pastor’s room in the chapel.
In a text message, Belarma said the three were shot with a .45 pistol. The bodies were discovered at around 1 p.m. by an unnamed church member.
He said initial investigation showed the three could have been killed before 4 a.m. Thursday.
Belarma would not give other details of the incident.
A senior police official from Cavite, who requested anonymity, also declined to give details of the case, saying that Iglesia ni Cristo “asked the police to refrain from giving information to the media.”
The Philippine Daily Inquirer tried to contact Chief Superintendent Nicasio Radovan, Calabarzon police director, to inquire about the killings but his mobile phone was turned off.
Radovan is a member of Iglesia ni Cristo.