Wake of Stephanie Nicole may be transferred to her school

The wake of Stephanie Nicole Ella, the seven-year-old girl whose life was snuffed out by a stray bullet

during the New Year revelry in Caloocan City, may be moved to her school.

Stephanie's father Jay expressed openness to having the wake moved to his daughter's school at Tala Elementary School, radio dzBB's Manny Vargas reported Friday.

Initial plans involve moving the wake to the school as early as this coming Monday so Stephanie Nicole's schoolmates and the public can pay their respects, the report said.

The decision was also partly due to a request by Tala Elementary School principal Marilyn Laureno to have the wake moved to the school.

Stephanie Nicole was a top student at the school, getting high marks in most of her subjects.

On Thursday, the victim's schoolmates held a march

from their school to the victim's house, denouncing her death and asking for justice.

Meanwhile, the dzBB report quoted the victim's family as saying they have initially planned her burial on Jan. 12, or next Saturday.

Stephanie Nicole collapsed after being hit by a stray bullet while watching the fireworks during the New Year revelry. She died on Wednesday at a Quezon City hospital.

Her death triggered public outrage along with debates on stricter gun control.

On Thursday, police took into custody four men who may have been responsible for the girl's death, but a ballistics test of the pistol they supposedly used showed it

did not match the slug recovered from Stephanie Nicole's body.

—KG, GMA News

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