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Children of shooting victims speak out

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by Nick Delgado

Guam - 18-year-old Gabrielle Nuguid and 17-year-old Jan Pamintuan are left with memories they'll keep forever. Their mothers were shot and killed in their Harmon apartment along Anthurium Lane. Nick Caudell is accused of shooting Marites Mamaligsa and Isabelita Pamintuin before turning the gun on himself. 

Although Jan was at work at the time of the shootings, Ella was home. She locked herself in the bathroom and called 911 when she heard gunshots from downstairs. He recalled, "And the (911) operator could hear the screaming in the background and she was saying, 'There's this little girl crying and her aunt's hurt', and I was just shaking and crying in the bathroom in the shower just waiting and hoping everything was OK and I didn't come out until I heard the sirens and they said 'Guam Police!'"

You can only imagine the horror, when Ella finally came out of the restroom. She along with Jan were given the bad news that their mothers had passed away.  According to Jan his mother Isabelita met Caudell through work. She provided custodial services for the Department of Parks & Recreation at the Dededo Pool under a Department of Labor's Senior Community Service Employment Program. Caudell as we've reported is a park ranger for DPR. Jan says the two were not in a relationship. "She has a lot of friends and she is just asking for a ride and some stuff," he said.

Police have not released a motive behind the shootings, only saying they believe it was domestic in nature. In the meantime, Ella and Jan are holding on to the memories of their moms ever so tight, wishing they could have the chance to say goodbye. "I think to many kids take their parents for granted, like if only we told our parents we loved them or did something a little more that's what I think we really regret, like we didn't tell them I love you so much before they actually left us," Gabrielle said.

"I love you so much, I miss you, I want to hear your voice so bad," added Jan.

With the help of the Filipino Community of Guam and the Philippine Consulate Office, Jan and his Incule Rueben Mesina were able to accompany Isabelita's body back to the Philippines where she will be buried. Rueben is Isabelita's brother, he lived with her in the apartment but jumped from the balcony when he heard the gunfire. Meanwhile funeral services for Marites will be held this Saturday at Our Lady of Peace in Barrigada. 

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