Suspect in Killing of Atenean Teacher Arrested

  • Suspect in killing young Atenean volunteer teacher arrested on Friday, August 23.
  • The suspect, Alrod Naquilla, 36, have been positively identified by several witnesses as well as the housemate who survived the incident.
  • The remains of Genifer Buckly, 24, will be sent to her hometown in Lapuyan, Zamboanga del Sur.

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Philippines — The suspect in the killing of a young Atenean teacher and wounding her housemate in the afternoon of Friday, August 23 in Pangantucan town in Bukidnon has been arrested.

via Genifer Buckly’s Facebook

Police S/Sgt. Michael Villasan of the Pangantucan police station reported that the suspect, Alrod Naquilla, 36, a resident of Santo Nino Village in Pangantucan town, was arrested in his residence at around 5 p.m, Friday. 

Genifer Buckly, 24, of Zamboanga del Sur, died instantly of multiple stab wounds in the chest and stomach. Her colleague, Anne Kathleen Gatdula, 30, a lawyer from Quezon City, is still in the hospital with stab wounds in the stomach and shoulders.

It was also reported that the two teachers allegedly caught Naquilla inside their boarding house, going through their belongings early Friday afternoon. Afterwards, the suspect went on to stab the women before trying to flee. Several witnesses saw him running from the scene. 

“We don’t know his motive year but Naquilla stabbed the victims instead of surrendering.” Villasan said. 

Lawyer Antonio La Vina, another Jesuit volunteer, mentioned that Buckly was “our first violent casualty in 40 years,” and recalled that they only had another volunteer die more than 20 years ago from natural causes.

The suspect was brought to the hospital where Gatdula was being treated, but the victim was “too traumatized” to positively identify the suspect. 

Investigators instead made a cartographic drawing of Naquilla and presented this to Gatdula, who confirmed that Naquilla was indeed the man she and Buckly saw stealing their valuables. Villasan said investigators were hoping for Gatdula’s speedy recovery in order to publicly identify Naguilla.

via Genifer Buckly’s Facebook Page

Buckly graduated from Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU) in 2015, earning a degree in BS Education. She and Gatdula were taking part in the Jesuit Volunteers Program (JVP). Back in May of 2019, they were sent to the Pangantucan Community High School as mission teachers.

In a statement, Father Karel San Juan, President of ADZU expressed his deep sentiments regarding the tragedy:

“Your tragic death pains us deeply, Gen. But your life, your joyful love and service console and inspire us. You gave your life to your family, friends, students, and to many others. Your generous spirit will forever stay in our hearts.”

Her colleagues at JVP brought her remains to her hometown in Guipos, Zamboanga del Sur on Saturday, August 24.

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