Family of Makaha man talks about love, loyalty, challenges

By Lara Yamada
Published On: Sep 14 2012 07:02:33 PM HST
Updated On: Sep 15 2012 10:07:21 AM HST

The family of Chris Medeiros remembers his life.

WAIANAE, Hawaii -

Chris Medeiros predicted he would be dead by the age of 20.

He died on Thursday at the age of 26.

"I just hurt. I just miss him a lot," said Chanda Avilla.

Avilla said she was looking to the future.

Her child with Chris Medeiros is growing inside her, and they had plans to move away and build a life together, but that life took a drastic turn this week when Medeiros was shot on Wednesday.

"My baby is never going to be able to meet him. We're not going to be able to do what we wanted to do together," she said.

"The hardest thing was confusion. Why?" said Shason Moleta.

Moleta is the mother of Medeiros' nine year old daughter Kana'i and said they learned of the shooting shortly after it happened.

In his final hours she said they gathered at his bedside.

"She was holding his hand and she was hugging him and she was kissing him," she said.

Moleta says Medeiros was a loving father and a loyal friend, but it hadn't been an easy life for him growing up living in homeless shelters, then living house to house with his grandmother.

Oahu's west side is known as a place of stunning beaches, big ohanas and jaded streets where life can turn hard.

His family said Medeiros was a part of all of that, he himself, predicting his life would be cut short.

"He was telling me he thought he was going to die, so I think he kind of knew something was going to happen to him," said Avilla.

Police say Chad Duran, a friend of Medeiros' for years, shot Medeiros Wednesday night.

As to how much family and friends knew about why it happened is unclear, but now two men who were once close are now worlds apart.

"Everybody's more hurt for both of them. We lost Chris, but we also lost Chad," said Moleta. 

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