Family of murdered Pinoy copes with funeral

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Dec 12 2012 05:33 PM | Updated as of Dec 13 2012 01:33 AM

LOS ANGELES - It was a tearful goodbye for one of the victims of last week's Northridge quadruple murder.

Family and friends held funeral services for 34-year-old Robert Calabia who was among four people shot dead on December first at an illegal boarding house. Police say the home health nurse was with two other victims as they were visiting friends.

“We're still in that stage of disbelief. We still can't believe that he's gone,” said the victim’s sister, Rolina Calabia.

Fondly called “Totoy”, friends and family remembered Robert’s willingness to help others which they believe may have led to his shooting death, as he was giving a friend a ride the night he was shot.

Police have since apprehended four suspects. Among the suspects, police believe Ka Pasasouk was the trigger man. He has had a criminal history dating back to 2004 which includes vehicle theft and drugs.

Missing paperwork from the Laotian government prevented him from deportation at the time and he has since been in and out of prison, probation, and drug counseling programs.

Police were in the process of issuing him a warrant for failing to report to probation officers when the murder occurred.

The Calabia family does see Robert's tragic death as a catalyst for some positive change.

Since the incident, local officials have looked into regulations for boarding houses similar to the scene of the crime, and prosecutors review procedures in dealing with past offenders and probation as in the case of the murder suspect.

Police are continuing to investigate the crime while Pasasouk, along with three other suspects, are still in Nevada awaiting extradition back to California to face murder charges.