By Marisol Bo-oc | 12:57 PM May 23, 2021
Authorities on Saturday arrested three suspects in the rape-slay of a 21-year-old transgender man in Quezon City.
Philippine Star reported that Zander dela Cruz was the first to be taken into custody after he admitted that he and two others raped and killed his childhood friend, Norriebi Tria, also known as Ebeng Mayor.
Probers initially invited Dela Cruz for questioning at the Quezon City police’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) at Camp Karingal at around 7:30 p.m. During the course of the investigation, he admitted in front of Tria’s father that he took part in the victim’s murder.
Dela Cruz named the other suspects as Richard Elvin Araza and Joel Loyola, residents of Barangay Payatas who were arrested in a follow-up operation. The three are detained at CIDU.
The body of Tria was found in Bagong Silang on Thursday, days after telling his mother and sister that he would go out for a drinking session with friends.
Rachelle Tria said Ebeng had a problem with his live-in partner in Pampanga.