MANILA -- A 16-year-old woman was shot dead by her father, who mistook her for a burglar, police said Saturday.
The victim, a resident of Tantangan, South Cotabato, went out with three of her sisters to attend a party for their town fiesta.
Her three sisters went home early, but the victim was left behind to meet her classmates.
The victim went home early in the morning the following day. Out of fear of being scolded for not going home, she decided to enter their house by climbing through the roof.
However, her father was awakened by the noise. Thinking there was a burglar, her father fired a shot through the roof, accidentally hitting the victim on the chest.
The victim was rushed to the hospital where she was declared dead.
Following Muslim tradition, the victim was immediately buried after the incident.
The victim's family refused to comment on the incident. -- report from Francis Canlas, ABS-CBN News SOCCSKSARGEN