More questions than answers in Kalihi homicide investigation

Published On: Apr 19 2013 02:57:22 PM HST
Updated On: Apr 19 2013 07:07:55 PM HST

Many questions but very few answers. It's the problem Honolulu police face tonight as they investigate what led to an early morning murder in Kalihi.

HONOLULU -

Many questions -- very few answers.

It's the problem Honolulu police face as they investigate what lead to Friday’s early morning murder.

Honolulu police said the first call came from the Shell gas station on Waikamilo Road.

"At 2:40 this morning, officers were called on numerous males chasing another male," said HPD Capt. Lisa Mann.

The victim, according to police, pleaded for help a worker at the gas station.

Police say moments later a witness flagged down a patrol officer to tell him there was a shirtless man in a fight with three other shirtless men on Halona Street.

A gruesome scene when the officer arrived, the lifeless body along the side of the road in a large pool of blood.

Traffic on the H-1 Freeway westbound backed up during the morning rush while police closed the Houghtailing Street off-ramp to investigate.

Shortly after, officers were directed to Diner's Drive-In on King Street after calls about two bloody men causing a commotion there.

PHOTOS: Halona St. homicide probe

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Police questioned, then arrested Vainuuao Tosaga, 21, and Asuelu Moananu, both 21 years old from Kalihi, for second-degree murder.

Owner Min Kim says his employees told him they had no idea what was happening in front of their eatery.

"I say, 'What happened last night?' and they told me, 'Oh, nothing in here, only outside a lot of policemen,’” said Kim.

Police believe jalousie glass shards were the murder weapon -- taken from a pile dumped along the street.  The victim was stabbed multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Detectives hope video taken from surveillance cameras at both businesses may hold clues as to what caused the fatal fight, as the investigation continues.

HPD said investigators are not looking for anyone else in connection with the murder.

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