CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines?(UPDATE) Apl.de.ap of Black Eyed Peas is coming home Wednesday from Los Angeles, California, to attend the wake and burial of his half-brother who was shot dead on Tuesday in Porac, Pampanga.
Joven Pineda Deala, the youngest brother of Apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo in real life), was shot dead by two still unidentified attackers at 1 a.m. on Tuesday.
Renato Diala, Pineda?s stepfather, confirmed the rapper?s unscheduled homecoming in a phone interview.
Joven, 21, was alone in his car that he parked in front of the house of his girlfriend, Ellaine Torres along Mayflower Street, in the village of Ninoy Aquino, when the attackers walked to the driver?s side and shot him at close range.
Torres said she just got out of the car when the shots rang out.
Chief Inspector Wilfredo Paulo of Angeles City police said Joven was shot once on the left temple.
Torres immediately called for help and rushed Deala to the AUF Medical Center. At around 2:12 a.m., Diala succumbed to the gunshot wound, Paulo said.
Witnesses saw two men encircle the car of Joven twice before they killed him, Paulo said.
The killers wore bull cap, Paulo said. Investigators see love triangle as a motive in the murder.
Diala appealed for justice in his son?s violent death. ?I didn?t expect this. He was a good son,? he said.
Joven is the youngest in the brood and is said to be the favorite brother of Apl.de.ap, an abandoned son of a black American serviceman in the former Clark Air Base just outside the village of Sapang Bato where the rapper built a home. The wake for Joven is held there.
Diala said Apl.de.ap was ?filled with sadness.?
Apl.de.ap, 34, last came home with his mother Gloria, in June 2007, to support a program of the Pearl S. Buck Foundation for Amerasians or children sired by American servicemen.
It was through the foundation that Pineda met his foster father, California-based lawyer Joe Ben Hedgens that he got to the US, studied, built his musical career and made life comfortable for his siblings, including Joven, in the Philippines. With a report from Abigail Kwok, INQUIRER.net