Task group formed to solve  German national slay case 

By Jennifer P. Rendon 

The Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) formed a special investigation task group (SITG) to solve the killing of a German national in San Enrique early evening of June 8, 2022.

Lieutenant Kate Apaitan, the SITG spokesperson, said the interim unit was formed as the killing of Otto Wolfgang Alexander Knorr is considered a sensational case.

With the motive of the case linked to Knorr and his Filipina wife’s lending business, several individuals are considered as persons of interests.

“We have talked to at least three persons and the investigation is still going on,” Apaitan said.

Apaitan said they already submitted to the Regional Forensic Unit 6 pieces of evidence such as two cartridges of caliber .9mm ammunition, fired cartridges of caliber .40mm ammunition, and a fired bullet of caliber .9mm ammunition.

They also submitted a white sweatshirt with hair strands that could be owned by one of the two suspects.

They also submitted CCTV footages to the Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit 6 (RACU-6) for enhancement.

The 72-year-old Knorr was alone inside the house he shared with his Filipina wife Cristy at Barangay Camiri when the gun attack happened.

Police reports said a gunman barged in and shot the victim.

The elderly victim managed to run outside their home while shouting for his wife’s name.

But around 30 meters away from their home, it was believed that a second gunman shot him again while he was on the roadside asking for help.

A neighbor claimed that she heard at least three successive gunfire.

Knorr suffered gunshot wounds on the head.

He was rushed to Don Valerio Plamares Sr. District Hospital in Passi City but did not pull through.