MANILA, Philippines – A female Youth For Christ (YFC) leader was found dead in Sta. Rosa, Laguna on Wednesday morning.
The victim, 19-year-old Riza Baybay, was found dead in a grassy vacant lot in Barangay Sta. Cruz at around 9 a.m.
Ursula Entorizo, the victim's grandmother, said the victim welcomed the new year at a friend's house.
Riza's friend, "Angel", said the victim left her house at around 9 a.m. on January 1, but failed to come home.
Riza's remains were then found the following day. Her body was full of bruises and her neck and legs were lacerated.
Police said they will investigate whether Baybay was raped before being killed, as the the slain victim was discovered naked.
Angela appealed to her friend's murderer to surface, saying the victim, who was supposed to start working this month, had dreams for her family.
"Nakakaawa ang ginawa mo sa best friend ko. Gusto niyang tumulong sa pamilya niya - binaboy mo ang katawan niya - makonsensya ka naman," Angela said, addressing the still unidentified suspect. - report from Francis Faulve, ABS-CBN News