James Thomas Kakara Found Dead in Tagaytay, Philippines

A retired United States Marine soldier was killed by robbers who broke into his house in Tagaytay City, this province on Saturday, police on Sunday said.

In a report to Senior Supt. John C. Bulalacao, Cavite police provincial director, Chief Inspector Christopher F. Olazo, Alfonso Chief of Police, identified the slain American as James Thomas Kakara, 61, a war veteran residing in Kaybagal South Village, Tagaytay City. Tagaytay City is a neighbor of the municipality of Alfonso, Cavite, he said.

Olazo said Kakara, whose left leg has been amputated while still with the US military service, was alone in his house when attacked.

He said Kakara’s body was found at around 9:30 a.m. Sunday with wounds apparently caused by a lead pipe that the suspects or suspect used, quoting initial investigation conducted by the police Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO).

Olazo said Kakara was alone at home at that time because his (Filipina) wife and the rest of the members of the family were out in Nasugbu (in Batangas) for an overnight party and the following day, the American national was found dead.

“According to the SOCO, Kakara was hit by a lead pipe that was found on the swimming pool,” he said.

Olazo could not say how many suspects were involved, adding that no witness has yet come out as of Sunday afternoon.

“It is currently being investigated by operatives of Alfonso and Tagaytay police and there are no witnesses coming out,” he said.

Olazo said that “right now, (Sunday afternoon), our investigators are having difficulty in coming up with definitive angle or modus operandi.”

However, police probers believed it could robbery because the suspect or suspects carted away a black shoulder bag containing at least P206,000, a cellular phone and a laptop computer, he said.

Olazo said the victim has been residing in Tagaytay City “for a long time.”

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