Linda de la Peña removes a candle and a young chick from Macao’s coffin on the last day of her daughter’s wake. On the night before she planned to enroll in nursing school, Macao, 17, was stabbed to death by a girl from a rival gang. It was the first murder of a female gang member in the city’s history. During traditional Filipino wakes, family members of a murder victim separate a chick from its mother and place it on top of the deceased’s coffin where it wanders back and forth trying to find warmth. This is believed to symbolize the family’s search for justice after murder cases remain unsolved.

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