Updated: March 24, 2021, 6:45 P.M.
New Westminster, B.C.
Murder charges laid against two men
Police have confirmed that the body of a burned person found in a Burnaby Park last week was that of missing person Ma.Cecilia Loreto, also known as Mycel or Maricel.
Today, (March 24) police announced that two persons – a 21-year old man and a 15-year-old are both charged with first -degree murder and indignity to human remains.
Police believe the 49-year -old mother was killed at her home in New Westminster on March 17, 2021, the day before her body was found at Burnaby’s Greentree Village Park.
They also say the victim and the two accused know each other and this was a targeted killing. The victim’s body was found at around 2 A.M. in the park located near the BCIT campus.
Police released the name of the alleged killer as Carlo Tobias but cannot release the name of the other as he is a minor.
“We have a very good idea of what happened. We have a narrative. We have a very good theory. But all that information, right now, isn’t for public consumption,” he said. “I know there’s a lot of people that would like to know what happened … but those details must first and foremost be provided within the judicial process, in court,” Sgt. Frank Jang of Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) says.
“She was a mother, had a loving family,” “We had to deliver the news of two people now being charged with their loved one’s murder. As we can all understand, they’re devastated,” Jang said of the victim.
Loreto was last seen on the night of Mar. 17 in New Westminster in a black older-model Honda Civic, according to the information supplied by the Philippine Consulate in Vancouver.
Social media posts say Loreto was active in the cultural dance troupe Banga Beautiful Philippine Street Cultural Dance in Honour of the Santo Nino. She hails from Bulacan, according to an informant. She was also a volunteer performer at SPIDS ( Surrey Philippine Independence Day Society).
She is a recent immigrant and worked for a food store, according to police.
“This is very sad po. I am, as we speak, still talking to other close friends (who are all crying now) and trying to see what assistance the family needs. Her band group is very close to me and SPIDS, they are not only volunteer performers but also volunteers who help us in many aspects. They just donated on the recent fundraising that I organized for the Philippines typhoon survivors last November,” Dela Cruz told Philippine Canadian Newss.Com in a message.