2 persons invited over American’s death


By Francis Allan L. Angelo


ROBBERY and old grudge are among the possible motives for the murder of an American citizen inside his rented apartment in Arevalo, Iloilo City the other day.

Chief Insp. Federico Silvestre, Arevalo police chief, said they are focusing their investigation on the twin leads as they try to crack the case of Daniel Zhabra, 65, who died due to multiple stab wounds.

The bloodied remains of Zhabra, a former security guard in the US, was found 10am Wednesday in the sala of his apartment at Brgy. Sto. Nino Sur, Arevalo.

Police investigators and neighbors of Zhabra said the victim was almost naked when found. Initial investigation showed that the victim succumbed to more than 10 stab wounds in various parts of his body.

Silvestre said the victim’s DVD player and undetermined amount of cash were missing but his laptop was found in his room.

The number of stab wounds Zhabra suffered also indicate that the suspect or suspects bore a grudge against the victim.

Based on the initial profile gathered by police investigators, Zhabra is a retired security guard and an expert arnis fighter.

“Zhabra’s big body and combat expertise makes it impossible for anyone to attack him singlehandedly. It would take more than one person to tackle him down,” Silvestre said.

Zhabra is married to Chona, 25, of Patnongon, Antique. The apartment he rented for six years is owned by his wife’s family.

Neighbors and friends of Zhabra described the American as “friendly, generous and very open,” especially teenagers of Sto. Nino and nearby villages.

Former Sto. Nino village chief Tony Lanceta said over Aksyon Radyo-Iloilo that Zhabra was “medyo silahis” or effeminate reason why he hangs out with young boys inside his apartment or restaurants.

Neighbors of Zhabra said the victim went home past 11pm Wednesday after eating dinner at Villa Bora resort in Arevalo.

Narcisa Agustin, who lives next door to the victim, said she noticed two persons knocking on Zhabra’s door at about the same time he arrived home. But she failed to see their faces because her son barred her from going out of their house.

Agustin and several residents also noticed a commotion inside the victim’s house. Two more witnesses who passed by Zhabra’s house on board a motorcyle said they also saw two persons at the victim’s front door.

The Arevalo police has invited two persons for investigation but Silvestre declined to identify them.