A high school student has been accused of stabbing a Filipino American professor to death in between classes, WKRC reports.
Police say 16-year-old Ethan Goin broke into 48-year-old Vergel Guintu’s house and stabbed him to death on the morning of August 27 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Detectives believe the fatal stabbing occurred after Guintu returned home from dropping his 9-year-old son off at school, KVVU reports. Guintu left his mother-in-law to check on a noise in the house. His wife was upstairs at the time.
Shortly after, Guintu’s mother-in-law saw an intruder dressed in all black with a hood and mask pass by. She then found Guintu lying on the floor in a pool of blood.
Guintu’s wife came downstairs and called 9-1-1 around 9:47 a.m. Guintu was pronounced dead at around 12:45 p.m.
Police obtained a description of the intruder. On August 28, they found a person fitting that description and arrested him. The suspect was Goin.
Goin told police that he left school after he felt he was being bullied, according to KVVU. He said he was aware that he broke into the house and did something bad. He however could not provide exact details of what he had done inside the house, saying everything was a blur.
Goin confirmed he returned to school after breaking into the house. He later attempted to get rid of the knife when he realized he had stabbed someone.
Goin was detained at Clark County Juvenile Detention Center and charged with one count of open murder. He was denied bail on September 2 and is set to appear in court again on September 9.
Friends of Guintu’s have set up a GoFundMe to honor Guintu and support his family. The page also
Guintu was born in the Philippines and was an alumnus of Don Bosco (Philippines). After moving to America, he served as a charge nurse at UMC. He was a clinical instructor at Roseman University here in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The page described Guintu as a loving husband and father. He enjoyed spending time with his wife Analiza and two sons Andrei and Rev Gian. He often talked about how thankful he was for his family life.
“Vergel’s GREATNESS WILL never be forgotten as he touched the lives of many, not only by saving them,” the page reads. “Let our love and memories for Vergel forever remain in our hearts.”
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