Today’s most viral photo has a dark, but amazing back-story and ends with some justice. Reynaldo Dagsa, a local councilman in the Philippines, was shot and killed on New Year’s Eve, just after taking a photograph of his wife, daughter and mother-in-law. Also captured in the shot? Dagsa’s killer, later identified as Michael Gonzales, a man who Dagsa had arrested for stealing cars. On the other side of the photograph is the shooter’s lookout, who police are still searching for. Check out the entire tragic picture below.
Via the Daily Mail:
Police chief Jude Santos said: ‘While he was taking the picture of his family on New Year’s Day, the killer appeared and he inadvertently took the picture of the killer – with the gun aimed at him.’
Not only that, Mr Dagsa had also photographed his killer’s accomplice, who can be seen lurking in the background of the picture, said Mr Santos.
The search is now on for the gunman’s accomplice, who is standing to the right of the photo as he watches Gonzales taking aim, the muzzle of his pistol highlighted by the camera flash.
Police told The Inquirer newspaper of Manila that the second lookout has been identified as Rommel Oliva, while there was a third man identified as Francis Bumjal, although he is not in the picture.
According to the Washington Post, the victim’s family “said they did not hear a gunshot because the firecrackers were exploding all around them.” Dagsa was hit twice and rushed to the hospital, where was pronounced dead.
Here’s a larger crop of the shot, via the Daily Mail, where it made the front page:
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 4, 2011