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27/07/2013: Cuisia Condemns Killing of Filipino Nurse in Memphis

27 July 2013

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. today condemned what he described as the senseless killing of a Filipino nurse who was shot dead in Tennessee over the weekend.

"The Philippine Embassy has been informed of the shooting death of Mr. Erano Santos, a 33-year-old Filipino nurse from Angeles City, outside his apartment in Memphis on 20 July 2013,” Ambassador Cuisia said in a statement released today.

“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, Tennessee.

Witnesses said Santos was shot following an altercation with an unknown suspect who fled the scene in the victim’s 2013 Honda Civic sedan. ###