Friends say murdered woman desperate to go back to Philippines

Crime: Suspect helped get girlfriend job in Okotoks

By: Darlene Casten

  |  Posted: Friday, Apr 20, 2012 06:00 am

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Friends of a man suspected of killing his girlfriend in an Okotoks apartment on Tuesday afternoon say she had been gradually getting more depressed since her arrival from the Philippines two weeks ago.

The victim has been identified by police as Marites Teresa Reyes Enrique, 27. Police have notified her family in the Philippines of her death.
Police have not yet released the suspect's name, but friends have identified him as Carlos Pelaez. The RCMP can't release a name until an arrest has been made.

An RCMP spokesperson told reporters Wednesday morning that their only suspect in the case was the man who had also sustained injuries at the Cimarron Commons apartment, where the deceased woman was found alive by EMS, but with serious injuries. She succumbed to her injuries soon after.

Joey Fabrigar said he met Pelaez soon after he arrived in Okotoks last summer. His wife knew Palaez when they both lived in the Philippines and helped him get a job in Okotoks.

He said Palaez recently helped his girlfriend living in the Philippines to get a job. She arrived two weeks ago, but said she didn't want to work here and wanted to go back to the Philippines.

“She was depressed – homesick,” Fabrigar said. “She was desperate to go home.”

Fabrigar and his wife had gone over to Pelaez apartment last week to talk to the woman and try to convince her to attend a work orientation.

While at their apartment Fabrigar said Pelaez told him his girlfriend was crying all the time and told him she wanted to commit suicide.

She told his wife that she would go to work, but didn't attend the orientation, Fabrigar said. They hadn't talked to her since and said Pelaez texted them to say his girlfriend had changed her mind about the job. Fabrigar said they felt they should leave them alone and not pressure the woman to go to work.

When he heard that Peleaz had been taken to the hospital and his girlfriend had died, it was shocking, Fabrigar said.

“I feel sad,” he said “It shouldn't have happened.”

Fabrigar estimates there are around 50 Filipinos in Okotoks and said the news has hit the tight-knit community hard.

“They've been shocked by that story,” he said.


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