The Bacolod visual artist and Bayanihan dancer, who was killed by a jobless security guard who attempted to rob her house in Purok 6, Barangay Granada, Bacolod City, on January 31, was stabbed not just 13 but 15 times, an autopsy report conducted by the medico legal officer showed.
Police Station 5 commander Chief Insp. Sherlock Gabana said Nunistell Mae FuloLee sustained stab wounds on her stomach, arm, but the fatal one was on the left side of her chest.
The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday approved a resolution extending its deepest condolences and sympathy to the bereaved family of Lee.
Her house helper, Mary Grace Mupada, was also injured by the robber, identified as Sandy Sevilla of Escalante.
The resolution authored by Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. condemns such tragic and senseless acts and encourages law enforcers to act with due diligence in order to promptly investigate these killings, prosecute those responsible, and continue to work toward eliminating violence against women.
Lee, 41, will be laid to rest at the Rolling Hills Memorial Park after a 9 a.m. mass today at the Triumph of the Holy Cross Parish Church in Camingawan, Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod City.
A tribute was offered for her at the Rolling Hills Memorial Chapel last night by her family and friends, and representatives of the Philippine Bayanihan Dance Company, and the Art Association of Bacolod-Negros, where she had served as vice president.
Artist Louie Dormido rendered an ethnic dance number while other artists including Gene Rufino, Lee's fellow Bayanihanbatchmate,offered song numbers.
Joseph Daraman Jr., founding father of Karangahan Philippines Dance Co., said Lee was a very good dancer and painter and that she was like an oldest daughter to him.
He also read a poem sent by the president of the Philippine Bayanihan Dance Company, U.S.A. for Lee, with the lines “she will be dancing with the angels in the sky….and every time the clouds rain, we will be thinking of you.”
Lee's batchmate in the Philippine Bayanihan Dance Co., ChingDanseco, recalled their fond memories with her. Shewas the typical lass, unique for her fashion statement of striking colored clothes, but admirable for her free-spirited nature. She only wanted to enjoy and have fun,” he said.
Danesco said news of her untimely death, and its sad circumstances, left the Bayanihan alumni family both devastated and angry.
“But we trust that God has His plans, and painful as it seem now, we hope to soon realize all the good that will come out from this and its lessons, and that God only chose His best servant Mae to best relay His message to all of us,” he added.
AAB-N vice president Fe Sumagysay, together with other officers of the art association, turned over to Lee's mother Estela and daughter Elaiza Jane, 7, a portrait of her painted by Paul Sumagaysay.
Fe said Lee had many best friends and close friends and that she was charitable and generous. She had many plans, including holding an exhibit abroad.
SoteroMontelibano said the whole Granadians are saddened by the demise of Lee, whom they considered a daughter of Granada. She brought pride to their barangay and that she did not deserve this kind of death
He said they will place a small Philippine flag on her casket when she is buried today because she was nationalistic.
Her school principal and batchmatesat the EmilianoLizares National High School also shared her plans and described her as a kind person with an open heart, while her best friend, JosefaZerrudo, said she worked very hard for her daughter.
Lee's aunt, Sister Violeta Fulo, described her as a very sweet person, loving, caring and full of goodness. One could never hear her say anything negative against anybody. For her, everyone was beautiful.
Lee was former Mss SK 1994 and was a graduate of Fine Arts, Advertising Arts at the La Consolacion College in Bacolod City in 1993.*CGS
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