Ateneo community mourns death of HS teacher
MANILA, Philippines – The Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) community mourned the death of Emmanuel Jose "Em-J" Pavia, who was shot on Monday night, July 18.
A math teacher, Pavia taught Grade 9 students and moderated the Athletics Council (AthC).
The ADMU community will hold a mass for Pavia at 2:30 pm on Tuesday, July 19, at the Ateneo High School covered courts.
Citing the police, ABS-CBN reported that Pavia sustained two gunshot wounds to the head.
A witness reportedly heard gunshots from Pavia's home in Barangay Barangka, Marikina City, at around 7 pm on Monday. He was declared dead on arrival at the Amang Rodriguez Memorial Medical Center, the same report said.
Reports circulating on social media said Pavia witnessed an armed robbery and tried to interfere, but these have yet to be confirmed.
Friends and family took to social media to express their sadness and frustration over the death of Pavia, whom they described as a passionate teacher, a good friend, and a brother.
In a school-wide reflection Pavia delivered on July 1, he encouraged students to strive for excellence and never settle for less.
"If we have the opportunity to be extraordinary, seize it, and never settle for anything less than giving our very best in whatever it is we do. Aim for the moon. That way even if we miss, we’ll land among the stars," Pavia wrote.
Police are still investigating the incident. – Rappler.com