August 1, 2013, in General Santos City, Philippines
An unidentified gunman entered Sy's home in southern General Santos City and shot him twice in front of his wife and daughter, according to news reports. The reports said the assailant fled the scene on foot. Sy died at a local hospital before receiving medical treatment.
Sy, 53, a freelance photographer, regularly contributed to the local Sapol News Bulletin newspaper, among other outlets. John Paul Jubelag, the paper's publisher, said Sy's murder may have been related to his contribution to a photo report in January or February on local drug trafficking, but did not offer further details, according to a statement by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, a Manila-based press freedom advocacy group. News accounts did not report any threats on Sy prior to the attack.
Police were investigating the case. Local media reported that investigators recovered two shell casings from a .45-caliber handgun in the house.
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.
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