Tourist Shot and K..ll..d While Protecting Girlfriend from Motorcycle Bandits

A tragic incident in the Philippines has resulted in the death of a New Zealand tourist who heroically tried to defend his girlfriend from robbers. Nicholas Peter Stacey, a 34-year-old visitor to the country, was staying in Makati, a district in the capital region of Manila, with his girlfriend, Pamela Villanoza, 31. The couple had visited Palawan and were on their way back when two robbers on a motorcycle stopped them and held them at gunpoint.

According to reports, Stacey bravely attempted to disarm the robbers, but the gun went off during the struggle and he was shot in the chest. Tragically, Stacey passed away due to his injuries. The gunmen fled the scene with Villanoza’s phone and wallet, leaving her traumatized by the incident.

“We regret to report this incident and extend our sympathy to the bereaved family,” said police Maj. Gen. Jonnel Estomo in a statement. He assured the public that law enforcement officers would spare no effort in bringing the culprits to justice. Estomo described the shooting as an “isolated incident” and acknowledged that it would likely have an impact on tourists.

“We know that this incident could spark fear among tourists who plan to visit our country, so we will make sure the slain victim will get justice and demonstrate that the police are always ready to provide service,” he said.

Police investigators are currently analyzing a slug found in the area where the shooting occurred and comparing it with those found at other recent crime scenes. The robbers reportedly rode a gray and black Yamaha motorcycle, and the gunman was wearing a black shirt and red athletic shorts, according to 1 News in New Zealand.

The tragedy has prompted Stacey’s family to start a crowdfunding effort to bring his body back to New Zealand. The page, which was set up on February 20, has raised over $19,800 in just two days.

“The loss of such a young, kindhearted, selfless, and loving man is absolutely devastating,” the Givealittle page states. “We are currently working on bringing Nick home, so details of his funeral arrangements will follow in the coming days.”

“Nick was a selfless man who worked hard within the community and his Northcross Church group, always putting others first,” the page adds. “He loved to serve and was a well-loved kid’s church leader, set up and hospitality team member for their evening service, and was always first to volunteer when help was needed.”

The tragic incident has shocked and saddened people around the world, highlighting the need for increased safety measures and vigilance for tourists traveling abroad.