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Stab to aorta killed Randy Echanis ‘at once’

Rambo Talabong
Stab to aorta killed Randy Echanis ‘at once’
Most of the stab wounds were inflicted from the back, says forensic pathologist Raquel Fortun on the autopsy of Anakpawis chair Randy Echanis

A stab to the aorta, the main artery that carries blood from the heart, killed 72-year-old Anakpawis chair Randall “Randy” Echanis on August 10, autopsy results showed.

This was revealed by forensic pathologist Raquel Fortun, who headed the examination of Echanis’ body, on Friday, August 21.

“The one that hit the aorta definitively killed him at once,” Fortun said in a videoconference briefing.

The stab came from the back, Fortun said. (READ: Randy Echanis laid to rest as tension escalates in probe)

This is contrary to earlier reports that said Echanis died of a gunshot wound to the head. He was stabbed and possibly hit in the head repeatedly, Fortun said.

A stab among many others

The aorta stab is among many other punctures, Fortun said. Most of the stab wounds were inflicted from the back, she said, flashing a diagram.

“The front was practically spared,” Fortun said.

A diagram of Echanis’ head also showed that he suffered multiple contusions and lacerations, both at the front and back. – Rappler.com

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.