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EXECUTED ON HER DOORSTEP Beauty Queen Shot Dead By Men Who Bought Her Gifts. (Photos)

A BEAUTY queen has been shot dead moments after opening the front door to men who gave her flowers and chocolates.

Mary Christine Balagtas, 23, opened her front door to the two men at her home in Bulacan, the Philippines, on Wednesday morning.‎ They let off a single bullet into Mary's head then fled on a waiting motorbike, according to police investigating the murder. Mary was rushed to hospital as paramedics battled to stabilise her but she died inside the ambulance.

Superintendent Julio Lizardo from Plaridel Police said they were now investigating a man who had a previous relationship with Mary. He added: "We believe the attack could have been carried out by a hired gun.

"We found an empty shell from a .45 calibre pistol at the scene and believe that two men had fled on a motorcycle.

"Witnesses said that two men had been seen in the neighbourhood before the shooting.

"Mary died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. We are following several leads including a man who had a romantic relationship with Mary."

Mary won the La Bulkakenya pageant in 2009 and another a year later, She was currently studying at the University of Regina Carmeli College. Shocked classmates paid tribute to Mary who was nicknamed "Tin".

Herlie Rozelle Flores Vecina said: "Tin, you will always be in our hearts. You, as a daughter, a sister, a seatmate in elementary, a classmate in high school, a colleague in college, but most importantly, a friend. We hope to never forget you.

"We will sincerely miss you. We love you, Mary Christine 'Tin'. May you rest beautifully in peace, our dear friend."

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