MANILA – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Saturday condoled with the family of Anthony Del Barrio, a Filipino-American whose frozen body was found in Chicago last month.
“The Philippine Consulate General in Chicago was in contact with police authorities who said they are investigating the death as a possible homicide,” the DFA said in a statement.
Authorities are asking for assistance from the public to help in the investigation, as they have no suspect yet.
The consulate learned that the victim was a third generation Filipino-American born and raised in the United Sates.
Reports say Del Barrio was with a male friend when he was shot between January 19 and 20 in a Chicago suburb. His body was found in Morton Grove in northern Chicago on Jan. 20.
A neighbor in the area found his body in between two houses. One of his siblings said that it seemed his body was left out there throughout the night because it was frozen when found.
His family is pleading to the suspect who is still-at-large to come forward.
“He has not only taken my brother’s life but taken a part of our lives as well,” said Del Barrio’s sister Jocelyn said in an earlier interview.
Marilyn, his other sister, added: “We just need justice for Anthony. He did not deserve for this to happen to him.”