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Chapter 4: CHAPTER 3: SUICIDE OR MURDER?

Chapter 3: Suicide or Murder?

Mary Russell's POV

Sarap na sarap sa pagkain ang mga kasama ko sa mga pagkain na nasa hapag ng table ng aming clubroom, maliban sa isang taong tinitignan lang ang mga pagkain, si Joseph Downey Sayson.

Nasa kalagitnaan kami ng pagkain nang walang ano-ano ay nakarinig kami ng hindi gaanong kalakasan na tili ng isang babae. Base sa intensity ng tili, alam kong galing iyon sa main building na katabi lang ng club building.

"Looks like you're first case is waiting for you, huh?" Ani Ms. Fuentebella.

Kahit awkward, nagsalita ako sa grupo ko, bilang president ng SHC. "Well, I think it's our initiation rites for us to test if we really can be a great school detectives. Clear na ba ang lahat ng kailangan nating gawin?"

"We know what were gonna do. PJ already told us all his plan, right?" Ani Sayson at tumayo bago lumabas. Hayy, I'm not yet comfortable to call him on his name. Isa pa, hindi ko talaga siya tatawagin sa una niyang pangalan if he's that rude.

Hindi na ako nagsalita pa dahil ayaw ko ng gulo. Pumunta na lamang ang lima sa amin sa pinanggalingan ng tili, Ms. Fuentebella stayed here in clubroom and said that she will just wait for an update.

At saka raw, kailangan daw naming grupo mag-isang magtrabaho para matuto kaming maging independent sa kung sinong nandiyan para i-guide kami. Well, kahit naman wala siya, we know that we can make it, e. I'm sorry, I'm just too sure and confident that we'll gonna make it without the help of anyone.

Because of running fast, we arrived at the scene of the incident as quick as we can. We saw many people na nagkukumpol habang nakapabilog sa biktima. "Excuse me, excuse me." Ani ko. Marami mang taong nagrereklamo dahil sa ginawa naming pakikisiksikan, hindi ko nalang sila pinansin.

"Sino ba kayo?! Anong pakialam niyo sa crime scene, ah?" Sabi ng isang babaeng nakikiusyuso. Hindi ko naman napigilang sagutin ang tanong niya.

"We're Sherlock Holmes Club and we're tasked to help the CAT officers in investigating crimes and incidents inside the Sherrinford High." Sabi ko bago ipinakita ang badge na ibinigay ni Mr. Principal na nakasabit sa aking blouse pocket. Wala na naman siyang nagawa at nanatili na lamang nganga ang kaniyang bunganga.

We reached at the crime scene and saw a woman bathing in her own blood. Based from my observation, the blood was from her head na feeling ko nabiyak dahil sa kung anong nangyari sa kaniya.

"Please do not hold the victim kung walang disposable gloves. Maaaring maiwan ang fingerprints ninyo na maaaring magdawit sa inyo sa pagkamatay niya." Sabi ko sa club members ko.

"I know." Walang emosyong ani Sayson. Tch! Okay, you know na! Lahat naman siguro 'di ba?

Nakita ko naman ang isang babaeng umiiyak sa tabi ng crime scene. Nilapitan ko siya at tinanong. "Kilala mo ba ang biktima?"

"Yeah, she's Sophia Alberta. She's a Grade 10 student. And she's actually my bestfriend." Aniya habang humahagulgol. "By the way, my name's Jennie Salcedo. Narinig ko nalang na may tumitili na babae na nahuhulog na pala mula third floor. I didn't know who she is until the girl reached the ground and I realized that it's my bestfriend. I saw my bestfriend falling, pero wala akong nagawa." Nagpatuloy pa siya sa pag-iyak. I caressed her back to comfort her. Sana lang tama ang pag-rub ko ng back niya, I'm not used to it kasi e.

"Ms. Salcedo, wala ka namang nakitang humawak sa victim, 'di ba?"

"Wala naman. Hindi ko naman hinayaang hawakan nila ang biktima para hindi ma-transfer ang fingerprints ng kung sino ang humawak sa katawan niya. I already know that rule, a teacher once taught me that."

"Good. One last question, please. Did you see someone who pushed the victim?"

"I don't really think so. Magkahalong gulat at takot na ang naramdaman ko nang may makitang babaeng nahuhulog mula sa third floor. I was unaware of what's happening, sorry. Hindi ko talaga nakita." I glimpsed at the third floor. Nothing strange, nothing has changed. The color of the wall is still white.

"Okay lang." Sabi ko bago pinakalma at pinapunta sa gilid si Jennie. "Stay here dahil mag-uumpisa na kami ng pag-iimbestiga." She then nodded.

Bigla ring dumating ang mga CAT officers sa pinangyarihan ng insidente. "You're the SHC, right?"

"Yeah, we are." Sabi ko bago makipag-shake ng kamay. "Uhm, may disposable latex gloves pa ho ba kayo diyan? We're not yet prepared kasi nang may nangyari dito, e. We're just newly assigned."

"Here." Ibinigay niya saakin ang isang kahon ng disposable latex gloves. Nagbigay naman ako ng kaniya-kaniyang gloves sa mga kasama ko. "Thanks." Baling ko sa CAT Officer bago ibinalik sa kaniya ang kahon.

"Welcome." Aniya. "Ano daw ho ba ang nangyari dito? Hindi kasi talaga namin alam 'to, not unless may nagsabi sa amin sa office." Oo nga pala. Sabi kasi ni Mr. Principal na may special room ang CAT far from all the building, katabi ata ng opisina ni Mr. Principal, or PJ. It's because special rin naman sila kung ituring sa paaralang ito. Deserve naman nila kahit papaano ang special room na binigay sa kanila.

"This victim was seen falling from the third floor. Hindi naman nakita kung nag-solo siyang magpahulog o may tumulak sa kaniya. It's still unclear if it's suicide or murder." Paliwanag ni Ceasar sa CAT officer.

"The victim is dead. She has no pulse at all." Ani Sayson. Don't worry, nakasuot na siya ng gloves bago hinawakan ang leeg ng biktima.

"What do you think, guys? Suicide or Murder." Tanong ko.

"I think it is a suicide." Pagbibigay ng ideya ni De Morgan.

"Irene, right?" Tanong ko, she nodded. "What made you think na suicide ang nangyari sa victim?"

"From my point of view, Ms. President, mukhang nagpahulog siya mula sa third floor dahil wala namang nakakita sa suspek, right? If ever na meron."

"We're in the same state, pero kasi..." Sabi ko.

"It's not suicide." Maikling sabi ni Sayson na pumutol sa aking sinasabi. "It's murder."

"What made you think, Mr. Sayson?" Tanong ko sa nagsalitang si Sayson.

"Drop the formalities. Just JD." Wow naman. Okay, JD na. "Let's go back to the case. I think it's murder."

"And?"

"There's no trace of any fingerprints here. Seems like the culprit planned it all."

"There's no fingerprints?" Tanong ni Sofronio. "Then there's a bigger possibility na suicide nga ang nangyari."

"Just like what I've said. I deduced that the culprit planned well on doing such crime. I can see in the fracture on her skull, her head was the first one to hit the floor. Maybe she didn't anticipate that someone's gonna push her so she didn't balance herself. If it is a suicide case, more probably, her body or her feet will hit the floor first. Another is that, why would you shout if you want to kill yourself. The deductions I made from these circumstances will surely push this case as murder."

"May point ka, but in your deductions, there's unclear. Ano ngang explanation mo kung murder nga ito, but no traces of fingerprints? Baka naman may mali sa deductions mo." Tanong ni Ceasar.

"I have a hypothesis but I still can't tell it. I have to find evidences to prove my suspicions. Because you know, it is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data, as well as Holmes said." Sagot naman ni JD.

"Kung murder nga ito, malamang na may mabigat na rason ang suspect sa pagpatay sa biktima." Nabaling ang tingin ko kay Jennie na natigil na sa pag-iyak pero nanatiling tulala. Dahil bestfriend siya ng biktima, marahil ay alam niya ang mga bagay-bagay tungkol sa kaniyang matalik na kaibigan. I reached to her before asking. "Jennie, can I ask you something?"

"About ba 'to sa pagkamatay ni Sophia? Sure. Kung 'yan lang ang paraan para makuha ang hustisya sa pagkamatay niya, I will." Her answer.

"Sino ang alam mong may malaking atraso kay Sophia?" Tanong ko sa kaniya.

"May atraso? Malaki? Wala namang siyang nasasabi sa aking mga taong may malaking atraso sa kaniya. Mga maliliit lang na atraso ang alam ko."

"Sige. Ipagpatuloy mo."

"Last week kasi, napagtalunan nila ng kaniyang Chemistry Lab Teacher na si Sir Alvarado ang tungkol sa isang lesson. At the end of the discussion, napatunayang mas tama ang mga sinasabi ni Sophia. Mukhang nahiya ang teacher dahil natalo siya ng kaniyang estudyante."

"Oh, is that so? Anybody else?"

"The gardener." Sabi niya. I kept on listening. "Pumitas kasi siya ng gumamela sa school garden, knowing her na mahilig sa floral life. Nakita pala siya ng gardener. Kinompronta niya ito at hindi siya nagpadaig."

"Anyone else?"

"The coach po. The PE coach. Hindi kasi siya nag-attend ng isang class sa PE sa gymnasium ng SH. Nag-cut siya kumbaga. Ayaw na ayaw niya kasi ang mag-exercise, kikay kasi 'yang si Sophia. Pinagalitan siya ni Coach Freddielou. As usual, hindi siya nagpadaig, knowing na debater siya."

"Meron pa ba?"

"Ako." Bahagya akong nagulat sa sinabi niya. But I gave her a look telling her to continue. "Umuutang kasi ako sa kaniya, dahil na-short ang pamilya ko. Hindi niya ako pinautang, nakakasira daw sa friendship ang pagpapautang. Dahil sa ginawa niya, hindi ako nakapag-pass ng project sa Math at pinagtawanan ako ng mga kaklase ko na kaklase niya rin. Palagi kaming magkasama but last week until now, iniwasan ko siya, kaya nga nasa baba ako at nasa taas siya habang nahuhulog."

Gotcha! I got the list of suspects. "Jennie. You are one of our suspects, since may atraso siya sa'yo. Declining the fact that you might be the one who killed her will prove you guilty." Diretso kong sabi sa kaniya.

"Okay." Paninindigan niya. "Alam kong wala akong kasalanan kaya dapat hindi ako matakot."

"Thanks for accepting the fact na you're one of our suspect. It's indeed our protocol kasi na isama ang lahat ng mga possible suspects sa pagkamatay ng isang biktima kahit na gaano man ito kalapit sa biktima." Sabi ko. Ngumiti siya sa akin. "Mauna na ako."

Bumalik ako sa mga clubmates ko na busy pa rin sa pag-iimbestiga sa katawan ng biktima. "Anong update?" Salubong sa akin ni Irene.

"I talked to the victim's bestfriend and I found out something. There are four suspects depending on the happenings of our victim from last week to this week." Sabi ko, I started counting on my finger. "Nakadiskusyon niya ang Chemistry Lab Teacher niya 'bout a lesson, after the discussion, she was proved to be more correct than of her teacher. Nakadiskusyon niya rin ang school gardener dahil pumitas siya ng gumamela. Nagdiskusyon rin sila ng PE coach niya dahil hindi siya nag-attend ng isang class. Maging si Jennie na bestfriend niya, nagdiskusyon sila dahil hindi siya pinautang."

"Tch! Warfreak." JD whispered. "So, this is the plan. We all need to interview all the suspects. Ask them where are they in the time span of 9:50 AM - 10:15 AM, and what are they doing. Clear?"

"I'll go ask the gardener. Malakas ako dun eh." Ceasar said.

"I'll ask the coach." Sabi ni Sofronio.

"I'm gonna ask the bestie." Sabi ni Irene while pointing to Jennie.

"I'm gonna ask the Chemistry Lab Teacher." Said JD.

"And how about me?" Tanong ko.

"Find your own place." Tarantado ka ah. I don't like that.

"I'm coming with you." Sabi ko kay JD, I just want to iritate him. Ininis niya ako at ang kabayaran niyon ay pang-iinis din.

"Hell, no!" As well as I said, alam ko nang 'yun ang sasabihin niya. E, short-tempered pala 'tong si gago kasi.

"Kahit anong sabihin mo, sasama ako. Diba sabi mo find my own place, I think my place is in the Chemistry Lab." Sabi ko. Mukhang galit na ang loko. "'Tsaka, ako ang president right? I can do what I want."

"E, kahit na president ka, panggulo ka lang sa imbestigasyon ko!"

"Whatever you say, you can't change my decision."

Magsasalita pa sana siya nang magsalita ang mga CAT Officers. Dadalhin na daw nila ang biktima sa ospital for autopsy. Babalitaan din daw nila kami tungkol sa autopsy report ng biktima.

Joseph Downey's POV

Ugh! This girl is really getting onto my nerves! I'm talking about our dear president, Mary Russell Corpuz. That's sarcastic, though. Ugh! It doesn't mean that because she's the president, she can decide for our group.

I - I mean we - went to the Chemistry Laboratory Room. We were greeted by a man in his mid-thirty's. She also has this playful but irritating smile. He is indeed who we are looking for, Ramon Alvarado. Wearing his white lab coat and his gloves, standing in front of us.

"Oh, hi there students! How can I help you?" He said, excitedly.

"Just wanna ask questions po. About the incident happened this moment lang." The president asked.

"Oh! 'Bout the student named Sophia Alberta?" Oh! He really know who we are talking about.

"Yes." I replied.

"Am I a suspect?"

"Yes." I responded.

"Ooh! Exciting, shit!" I wonder if this teacher was proven to be a psycho.

"Going back to my real purpose. Where are you po in the time span of 9:50 AM - 10:15 AM?" Said Miss Pres.

"Ah! I'm here in my lab. Teaching Chemistry stuffs on my poor students."

"Okay. Ah, thank you for entertaining our questions. We're going." I said. I then stopped the convo, since it has no sense at all. What important is we got what we want from this teacher.

"Welcome! Hope you can go back!" Sabi niya pa. Is he really a psycho?!

Ceasar's POV

I'm on my way through the school garden. It is a part of the school in backyard. Close rin naman kami ng gardener dito since I am an advocate of floral life conservation. Para ko na rin siyang kuya since I'm just an only child of our family.

Binuksan ko ang wired gate ng garden sa likod-bakod. Nadatnan ko si Ryan Castillejo, gardener ng Sherrinford High. Wearing his green uniform and his gloves, ngumiti siya. "Oh, Ceah, bakit ka nandito?"

"Ah, Kuya Rye, kasi may itatanong lang ako. Kilala mo ba si Sophia Alberta?"

"Ah, 'yung spoiled brat? Oo, kilala ko 'yon, napakasuplada nga noon, e. Sinaway ko lang na huwag kunin ang mga bulaklak, sinigawan ba ako. Oo, alam kong gardener lang ako dito pero tao din naman ako na kailangan ng respeto. Ah - eh, sorry kung grabe 'yung mga sinabi ko. Bakit mo pala naitanong Ceah?"

"Ah, kasi Kuya Rye, natagpuan kasi siyang patay. Bilang isa ka sa mga naka-away niya, you're one of the suspect."

"Ano?!" Gulat na sabi niya. "Alam mong hindi ako mamamatay-tao Ceah. Alam mo 'yan. At saka, bakit naman ako papatay kung alam kong kapag gumawa ako ng masama, mawawala ang trabaho ko at dahil dun, maaaring mawalan ng pang-gatas ng anak ko. Alam mo Ceah na hindi ko 'yan magagawa, alam mo 'yan."

"Alam ko naman Kuya Rye. Alam kong mabait kang tao to the point na you can't kill a person. Naniniwala ako sa'yo." Natahimik ako ng kaunti at si Kuya Rye naman hindi mapigil ang damdamin niya. I rubbed my hand to his back. "Kuya, kung alam mong wala kang kasalanan, you should not get nervous. Walang inosenteng tao ang napaparatangan ng kasalanan ng iba. Justice will always be at your side."

"Tama ka, Ceah. Hindi dapat ako natatakot dahil wala akong kasalanan. Hindi dapat. Papanindigan kong wala akong kasalanan."

"That's the spirit." Sabi ko at ngumiti. "By the way kuya, nasa'n ka nung mga alas-nueve-singkuwenta hanggang alas-diyes-diyes?"

"Nandito. Kumakain ako ng banana cue. Nandoon pa nga 'yung stick na ginamit ko. May tira pa doong banana cue, kung gusto niyo ng ebidensyang nandito ako." Aniya.

"Sige, salamat Kuya Rye. Salamat sa kooperasyon mo, kuya! Salamat ulit!"

"Walang anuman." Huling sinabi niya bago ako lumabas ng garden at bumalik sa main building.

Sofronio's POV

Papunta na ako ngayon sa school gymnasium kung saan palaging nakatambay si Sir Freddielou Kigmao. Ang PE coach ng lahat ng senior high school student dito.

Binuksan ko ang pinto ng gym and I saw Sir Freddielou na nakahiga sa isang long chair sa audience area while ang dalawang kamay niya was on his head. Matikas ang katawan ni sir at hindi mo mamamalayang nasa forty's na siya because of his healthy and fit body. Sir Freddielou is now wearing a plain white sando and plain black jogging pants.

"Who's there?" Tanong niya without looking at my direction. Mukhang malalim ang iniisip niya.

"It's me sir." Agad siyang tumingin sa direksyon ko ng marinig ang boses ko.

"Sof?" Tanong niya at tumingin sa akin. I smiled. "What're you doing here? Wala ka bang klase?"

"I'm currently investigating, sir."

"Investigating? About what? Don't tell me it's about the death of that Sophia Alberta?"

"Natumbok mo ser. Gusto lang kitang interview-hin sir."

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"I'm not surprised though. What are the questions?"

"Where are you and what are you doing on the time span 9:50 AM - 10:10 AM?"

"I'm in the canteen, as usual, kumakain. Kahit itanong mo pa sa canteen staff and kahit tignan mo pa sa canteen's faculty logbook. Makikita mo 'yon doon."

"Sige, sir. Salamat. 'Yun lang naman ang itatanong ko, I'm going na."

Irene Adler's POV

"Nasaan ka nung namatay ang biktima?" Tanong ko sa kaibigan ng biktimang si Jennie Salcedo.

"I was the one who first saw her falling from third floor. I already told the girl na kasama mo." She said. "So, basically, I'm in the grounds of Sherrinford High." It's suspicious. Ano 'to? Itinadhana sa kaniyang makita ang pagkamatay ng biktima slash bestfriend niya?

"How will I know na ikaw nga ang unang nakakita sa biktima slash bestfriend mo?"

"Ask 'em." Panghahamon niya habang itinuturo ang index finger sa crowds.

Lumapit ako sa mga taong nagkukumpol sa pinangyarihan ng insidente. I just pick random people and ask them. "Do you know her?" I asked the boy, pointing my index finger to Jennie Salcedo.

"Uh, no."

"What grade are you now?"

"Grade eight po, ate."

"Sino ang una mong nakitang nakakita sa biktima?" I asked the boy.

"I saw the girl crying so I ran to her. Nakita ko ang bangkay ng babae. I vomitted nang makita ang scenario. The girl who I was pointing is the girl you pointed to."

So, totoo ngang hindi siya ang may kasalanan, huh. But, I should not be kampante, malay mo, kakuntsaba niya ang tinanong ko. Ugh, 'di bale na nga, I'll just find something to prove my hunch. And also, to prove if this Jennie girl is innocent or the real culprit.

Mary Russell's POV

Nandito na ang lahat ng club members ko sa clubroom namin since wala na naman ang victim sa crime or murder scene. She was taken to the hospital for the autopsy, right?

"What did they say?" Tanong ni JD. "What's their alibi? Ano ang suot nila?"

"The gardener was wearing a green coat uniform and green gloves. Wala naman akong nakitang puting coat or thing that can camouflage to the color of the surface wall." Ceasar said. "He was actually eating his breaktime food, banana cue. There's his stick, mamasa-masa pa nga ito."

"I trust to what Ceasar said, and he's really not, I already know that in the first place. The gardener is not the suspect." JD confidently said. "And you, Sof?"

"The coach was in the canteen. I checked the canteen's faculty logbook and I confirmed that he just came from canteen. Tinignan ko rin kung basa pa ang tinta ng ginamit na ballpen, but it's dry, sign that it was written an hour or two ago. Inamoy ko din, nawala na rin ang scent ng ink, ibig sabihin, hindi iyon gawa-gawa lang kundi totoo. The coach is innocent in this case." Sofronio said.

"Coach, out!" He said. JD's acting like he's the president. Ugh! "You, Irene?"

"The bestfriend is indeed innocent. May nagpatunay na nasa baba siya, and it's the CCTV. I hacked the CCTV's program and watched the scene on the said time span. She was walking on the grounds when the victim falled down. I actually tried to hack also the CCTV in the third floor, para na rin malaman kung sino ang gumawa ng krimen, pero sira pala." Irene said.

"3 down, 1 more to go." He said. "Ms. Pres, tell 'em what you noticed when we interviewed the chem lab teacher."

"The lab teacher was wearing white coat, white gloves and I saw a white mask on his table that can camouflage to thr white wall of the third floor. And baka dahil sa gloves niya, his fingerprints were not transferred to the victim's body. Mukha ngang pinagplanuhan niya ang pagpatay sa biktima. I also notice na mukha siyang psycho, in his act, in his words, mukha talaga siyang psycho, na mas magdidiin sa kaniya sa krimen. Only those insane people are capable to do such crime like this."

"Is he indeed the culprit?" Tanong ni Ms. Fuentebella na nakatayo at nakikinig lamang sa pag-uusap ng club students niya.

"He is." JD confidently said. "But I also noticed a thing to prove that he is indeed the killer. He said that in the time span alloted, he was teaching his poor students a lesson. When in fact, the time span was the recess time and all of his student was outside."

Napansin niya pa 'yun? Totoo palang napakagaling nitong si JD, gago nga lang. Okay, now I believe. He's damn good!

"Bravo! The case was closed! Thanks to SHC!" Ms. Fuentebella exclaimed.

Tinawagan namin ang CAT at hinuli ang suspect na inamin naman ang kaniyang ginawa. He is now undergoing psychiatric examination dahil napatunayang he was experiencing depression and ADHD. Ngayon, nakakulong siya sa mental hospital. He is with the consent of the police.

Tinawagan din kami ng CAT Officers tungkol sa autopsy report ni Sophia Alberta. Due to excess blood loss and brain hemorrage ang ikinamatay ng biktima.

Pinatawag din kami ng principal para i-congratulate kami for the succesful debut case. Nagpasalamat din ang pamilya ng biktima dahil we found out kung sino talagang ang pumatay sa biktima. Now, may the victim rest in peace.

[ABANGAN]

[A/N: Who got the correct culprit? Raise your hand!]


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