Task group formed to probe King shooting

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

CEBU - Police have formed the Special Investigation Task Group Richard King to identify and arrest the suspects who killed the businessman in Davao City, a top police official said Saturday.

Senior Superintendent Vicente Danao Jr., Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director, said the task group, composed of investigators in Davao City and Cebu City, will fast-track the resolution of this high-profile case.

“Magtutulungan kami para malaman din natin kung sino ang nagpapatay sa kanya (We will be helping each other),” he told Sun.Star Cebu in a phone interview.


As of Saturday, Danao said, they had yet to zero in on the motive, but they’re looking into King’s business dealings and personal relationships.

A cartographic sketch of the gunman has been shown to King’s family, but this will not be released to the media while police are conducting a follow-up operation.


KING’S WAKE. Employees of Richard King pay their last respects at his wake at the St. Peter’s Funeral Homes on New Imus Road in Cebu City. King’s remains arrived from Davao City Saturday morning. (Sun.Star photo/Alan Tangcawan)

The gunman, according to witnesses, is in his 30s, at least 5’5” in height, weighs at least 65 kilos and has fair complexion.

During the interview, Danao said they were looking for the driver of the motorcycle, who is possibly a native of Davao City.

“Yung gunman siguro was an import kasi he blatantly displayed his face. Hindi siya natakot magpakita ng kanyang mukha (The gunman was probably from out of town since he wasn’t afraid to show his face),” he said.

King’s remains arrived in Cebu City Saturday morning and were brought to the St. Peter’s Funeral Homes on New Imus Road, where his wake is being held.

‘Complete surprise’

The fatal shooting of King, his employee said, came as a “complete surprise” to the family because the hotel chain owner didn’t receive any death threats.

“Wala gyud na siya’y nadawat nga death threats before that I know,” said Edward Tan, marketing and communications head of J. King and Sons Co. Inc.

The businessman’s family has begged off from facing the media for security reasons.

Some police officers and private security personnel were deployed at King’s wake. “Lisod man gud kaayo kay wala gyud sila kahibaw kung unsa ang motive (They still don’t know the motive for the attack),” Tan said.

Despite King’s death, his projects will continue and his siblings will take over his dealings, Tan said.

King was the chairman and chief executive officer of J. King & Sons Co. Inc., developer of Crown Regency, Club Ultima and the City Suites Ramos Tower.

He was also the founder and director of Boracay Multiple Properties Inc.
Tan, who has worked with King since 2006, described the businessman as a visionary.


“Before, ni-warn ang mga tawo nga tyrant daw siya. Isog (They warned me that he was a tyrant). But once you got to know him, he was very calm and considered you part of his team,” he said, adding that King was like a brother to him.

King also served as a godfather during Tan’s wedding.

When he learned about the shooting, Tan said he was initially in denial. He didn’t know King was in Davao because the businessman liked to travel alone.

Tan said King also didn’t have a security escort when he went to Davao City for a dinner gathering of Vital C, where he was a major shareholder.

“Simple ra kaayo na siya. Wa gyud siya mag-expect sad siguro (He was a very simple person. He probably didn’t expect to be killed),” he said.

The family, Tan said, initially decided to bury King on June 18 at the Cempark in Barangay Banilad, Cebu City.

King left behind a wife and two children, ages 16 and 21.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 16, 2014.

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