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Bride proceeds with wedding despite groom’s death

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Gileen Gutierrez’s dream wedding day turned into a grim occasion instead. The Bulacan resident was supposed to marry her fiancé, Marco Luis Dayao, on December 19. She “married” him last Nov. 18 instead, through a symbolic ceremony beside his coffin.


Dayao had been killed days before, shot as he stepped out of the apartment he shared with Gutierrez and their kids. According to Bulacan police director Police Col. Manuel Lukban Jr., this happened at Busililo Apartelle, Barangay Sumapang Matanda.


A telephone call was made to Dayao asking to meet him outside the home, police said. When he stepped out, he was shot to death with an automatic weapon.


When police interviewed witnesses, they said a Toyota Vios sedan sped off post-shooting.


Online cockfighting is being viewed as the possible motive for the murder. Dayao is an operator for an “e-sabong” gaming center.


The “rites” of Gutierrez’s marriage to Dayao were held at Father’s Cradle Memorial Chapel in Malolos, the venue of his wake.


Photos and videos of the ceremony posted by their loved ones spread like wildfire on social media. As of November 21, it had 496,000 views, 63,000 shares and 18,000 comments.


“I will be brave and strong for our two children because I know that’s what you want for me, for us,” Gutierrez said in Tagalog, standing beside Dayao’s coffin during the symbolic ceremony. “I love you very much.”

Photo: Philippine Daily Inquirer


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