Philadelphia mayor: Justice will be served for slain lawyer

June 22, 2022 Cristina Lee-Pisco 55 views

PHILADELPHIA City Mayor James Kenney assured the Philippine Embassy in New York that “they will do everything they can” to bring to justice whoever is responsible for the death of Atty. John Albert Laylo, a Filipino visiting the United States.

Consul General Elmer Cato of the Philippine Consulate General in New York met with Kenney and police officials in connection with the fatal shooting three days ago of Filipino lawyer.

“We were with Police Attachè Brig. Gen. Wilson Joseph Lopez from the Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, the Consulate conveyed the demand of Mrs. Leah Laylo for justice for her son,” Cato said.

Kenney expressed his condolences to the Laylo family and apologized for what he described as a terrible tragedy.

He gave his assurance that justice will be served.

Also present during the meeting were officials of the Philadelphia police who are involved in the investigation.

They briefed the Consulate on the status of the investigation.

Authorities are currently analyzing surveillance videos of the area where the incident took place.

Based on their initial assessment, the incident was most likely a case of mistaken identity.

They believe the suspect was targeting a vehicle similar to what the Laylos were riding in but shot at theirs instead.

The Consulate was told a $20,000 reward is being offered for information that would lead to the arrest of the shooter.

The Consulate later met with Mrs. Laylo to tell her about the outcome of the discussions with Mayor Kenney.

Also discussed with her were the arrangements being made for the repatriation of her son’s remains. The repatriation is scheduled for next Tuesday.