Filipino professor fatally stabbed by 16-year-old boy inside his home after dropping off his child at school

Summerlin teen murdered Filipino man

A bullied teen from Summerlin, Las Vegas, was arrested for the deadly stabbing of a Filipino man inside his home in August.

What happened: Ethan Goin, 16, was charged with open murder for fatally stabbing Vergel Guintu, 48, inside his home in the 10000 block of Kenton Place, Summerlin, on Aug. 27, FOX5 Las Vegas reported.

  • Goin told investigators that he skipped school after his first period class because he felt that he was being bullied that morning.
  • He recalled jumping into the backyard of the victim’s home but couldn’t remember the events afterwards as everything had been a “blur.” 
  • Guintu, who had just returned home from dropping his 9-year-old son off at school, was reportedly in the kitchen with his mother-in-law when he investigated a noise elsewhere inside their home. His wife was upstairs at the time.
  • His mother-in-law heard another noise shortly after Guintu left the kitchen. She then reportedly saw an intruder, who was dressed in black with a mask and hood pulled around their face, walk in front of her.
  • Guintu’s wife came downstairs and immediately called 911 at 9:47 a.m. after his mother-in-law discovered Guintu lying on the floor in a pool of blood. Police said Guintu, who worked as a nurse in a local hospital and as a professor, was stabbed in the neck, 8News Now reported.
  • Responding Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers moved the family to a nearby home as they were unsure if the suspect was still inside the house. Authorities pronounced the victim dead at 12:45 p.m. 
  • Investigators were able to collect light-colored hair from the victim’s wrist. The following day, the police were asking for information when a neighbor told them that there was a white man with blond hair dressed in black walking around the neighborhood at the time of the murder.


The arrest: The day after the murder, authorities located a boy who matched the description, later identified as Goin. The suspect reportedly complied when officers asked him to get out of the rideshare vehicle he was a passenger in.

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  • Police noticed what looked like blood marks on his boots, and he was later arrested in the parking structure at Summerlin Hospital.
  • Goin told officers that he booked the rideshare to his friend’s house to get rid of the bloodied Karambit knife that he used to stab Guintu and only learned of the damage that he had done the day before after hearing the news of his murder. 
  • Goin was booked into Clark County Juvenile Detention Center. Court records also showed he was denied bail during his Thursday hearing. His next court date is set for Sept. 9.

A GoFundMe has been created to pay for Guintu’s memorial where over $3,000 has been raised.

Featured Image via GoFundMe (left), FOX5 Las Vegas (right)

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