‘Really cries at night’: Atio Castillo’s dog also grieving over his death

Image from Gerardo M. Castillo's Facebook account
  • Slain UST law freshman’s dog pictured grieving over him during his wake
  • His uncle said she has been despondent, listless inside their home
  • He also vowed to continue to seeking justice for his senseless death

MANILA, Philippines – No longer will she be able to greet and nuzzle her beloved master again.

In a Facebook post, Gerardo M. Castillo —uncle of slain UST law freshman Horacio Castillo III— shared a poignant photo of their family pet Lega looking and apparently grieving over her master’s lifeless body inside the coffin.

According to Castillo, Lega cries during the night and often goes to his nephew’s room as she knows something is wrong.

“My dearest Atio Lega misses you so bad that she wants to kiss you but she cannot comprehend why you are no longer with her. I see Lega and it seems she sees you still and really cries at night. Do you know Atio she goes to your room and wonder why you have not come home yet but I know she knows something must have gone wrong,” he wrote.

Castillo also vowed to continue seeking justice for his nephew even as he bade him farewell.

“I swear I’ll bring you justice Atio but the sad part you are gone and how I wish I should have just been the one because you have such a great future ahead of you. I love you Atio and same with Lega,” he wrote.

“Till we meet again . Say hello for me to lolo and tell your grandfather how I miss him terribly still and no words can describe such feeling.”

Atio, as he was known to family and friends, is believed to have died as a result of hazing rites allegedly conducted by members of Aegis Juris Fraternity.

Authorities are currently on the manhunt for the fratmen responsible for his death.

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