THE shooting incident involving Letran back-up guard Franz Dysam took a major twist late Saturday night after his lady companion Joan Sordan died a few hours after the mishap.
Letran athletic director Fr. Vic Calvo, O.P. confirmed the news of Sordan’s death.
This developed as the 24-year-old cager is now in stable condition according to Fr. Calvo after he was transferred from the San Juan Medical Center to the University of Santo Tomas hospital. Letran teammate Andrei Pantin and former Knight Carlo Lituania accompanied Dysam.
Security has been tightened as no visitors are allowed, while two policemen and one security guard have been detailed outside of Dysam’s hospital room.
In an official statement by Letran, it identified Sordan as Dysam's girlfriend, who was fatally hit by a single bullet that she was declared dead on arrival at the San Juan Medical Center.
The Letran player meanwhile, will undergo operation Monday to remove four bullets from his body.
His mother, brother, and two relatives already arrived in Manila from Cebu.
Dysam has already been informed about the passing away of Sordan.
The entire Letran community has expressed its full support on Dysam and his family, and at the same time, extended its deepest sympathy on the Sordan family.
The couple were in their car traversing N. Domingo cor. Araneta avenue when a motorcycle “riding-in-tandem” fired four to five shots directly at them.
The Letran player was hit between the neck and chest area and the legs, but regained consciousness at the San Juan Medical Center, while Sordan remained unconscious, according to Al Jabail, a member of the San Juan rescue team stationed at The Arena in San Juan.
Dysam was scoreless, but registered two rebounds and one assist in nine minutes of play in the Knights’ 61-53 win over the Lyceum Pirates.
The incident was the first involving a college player since Mac Baracael figured in a similar shooting mishap in 2008 while still playing for Far Eastern University in the UAAP.