“The Philippine Embassy has been informed of the shooting death of Mr. Erano Catap Santos, a 33-year-old Filipino nurse from Angeles City, Pampanga in the Philippines, outside his apartment in Cordova on 20 July,” Ambassador Cuisia said in a statement.
“We grieve with Mr. Santos’s loved ones and join them in condemning this senseless killing,” Ambassador Cuisia said. “We are confident that authorities will be able to bring to justice whoever is behind Mr. Santos’s death.”
Ambassador Cuisia said the Embassy is coordinating with the Memphis police and is in touch with Erano’s aunt in San Diego.
He said the Embassy will extend all possible assistance in facilitating the repatriation of the victim’s remains to the Philippines.
Santos, who migrated to the United States only last year, was found dead with a gunshot wound outside his apartment in Cordova, 22 miles east of Memphis.
Witnesses said Santos was shot following an altercation with an unknown suspect who fled the scene in the victim’s 2013 Honda Civic sedan.
It was reported that Santos worked at the Health South Hospital in Memphis. He was found dead at Stonebridge Crossing Apartments at Cordova, where he lived.
“The suspect should have just taken the car and left it at that. Erano should have not been killed,” his grieving aunt, Lourdes Likes, of San Diego, California, was quoted as saying by an ABS-CBN report.