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SHOT IN THE HEAD | QC road rage ends young man's wedding plans; victim's kin cry for justice

Photos of Anthony Mendoza, one of which shows him lying on the ground after he was shot dead in an apparent road rage incident in Quezon City during the weekend. (Uploaded photos from Facebook with permission from FB account owner Erwin Ilao)
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(UPDATE 3 - 12:09 p.m.) MANILA, Philippines - Quezon City police are tracking down the driver of a white SUV who shot dead with a single bullet to the head a 27-year-old man about to be married, in an apparent road rage incident over the weekend.

Anthony Mendoza had called the attention of the driver for squeezing the motorcycle he was riding near the corner of Quezon Avenue and D. Tuazon Street when the offending party suddenly pulled out a gun and shot Mendoza in the head, instantly killing him, according to initial police reports. The road-rage monster then just sped away.

Mendoza was supposed to be wed soon to a Singapore-based fiance, and had reportedly gone to Banawe Street to buy some motorbike spare parts when the incident happened.

Initial reports said the offender was riding a white Land Cruiser, but police are double-checking with the Land Transportation Office, since the license plate AHA 3454 jotted down by witnesses showed it was registered to an Avanza, silver metallic, 2015 model. It is owned by a security agency.

The head of Quezon City Police District, Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, made a public appeal on radio DZBB to the road-rage killer to give up as soon as possible and not wait for police to track him down. He gave a hotline that concerned citizens may call if they have information that cops could use: 0917 861 1870.

Besides Mendoza's brother Michael who was with him when the incident happened, Eleazar said other witnesses also provided some details, and probers are reviewing the CCTV footage.

In a message posted on her Facebook page, Anthony's mother, Ester Bustamante Mendoza, asked for her son's friends, relatives, and supporters to keep on posting the plate number of the vehicle that was driven by Anthony's killer. 

She urged her son's killer to examine his conscience and make himself answerable for the crime. 

Ester also asked President Rodrigo Duterte and Philippine National Police chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa to help her seek justice for Anthony, whom she described as a resposible and kind son, who still had a lot of dreams.

The victim's younger brother, Vincent, said in his Facebook page that he could not accept what had happened to Anthony.