Homeless man says his friend was beaten to death

By Nana Ohkawa
Published On: Oct 19 2013 06:29:00 PM HST

Honolulu police have charged a homeless man with second-degree murder in the apparent beating death of another homeless man earlier this month in Aala Park.

HONOLULU -

A witness said there was no effort to stop the fight at Aala Park that ended with one man dead earlier this month.

Nessa Vierra said he looked out of his tent after he heard people screaming.

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"I saw Ron on the ground out of his chair and he was drilling something, somebody. I didn't know who it was. I got out of the tent, I ran out around the tree and saw my friends shoes," said Vierra.

He's referring to Ronald Page, who is accused of killing Vierra's friend, Lynn Riley. Vierra said he didn't see how the fight started. However, other witnesses said Riley hit Page first, setting off the fight.

Vierra said he told Page to stop hitting Riley. He said Page fled as he ran to call 911.

"He left Riley on the ground, his face all bust, hanging and there was blood everywhere," said Vierra.

When Vierra made it back to his friend, he said no one around wanted to get involved or help.

"Look at what we've become. There's no safety here, there's nothing. Everybody in the tree sits every day with him. Everybody sits there and nobody did nothing. They didn't hold him until the ambulance came. They didn't even hold his hand," said Vierra.

Riley died in the hospital nine days later. The medical examiner said the cause of death was due to blunt force injury to his head.

Page was arrested several days ago at Tripler Army Medical Center and has been charged with second-degree murder.

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