Police searching for 4 suspects in Pawaa murder

By Kenny Choi
Published On: Dec 27 2013 05:55:09 PM HST
Updated On: Dec 27 2013 05:57:50 PM HST

A homeless man was savagely killed in an alleyway in Pawaa early Friday, according to police.

HONOLULU -

Honolulu police are searching for four men who were last seen on bicycles after assaulting a 62-year-old homeless man to death.

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It happened just after 3 a.m. near the intersection of South King Street and Punahou Street.

Police were investigating near an alleyway next to the O'Reilly Auto Parts store.

Nearby store owners and residents say the homeless issue in the area is a problem, but they haven't seen the violence escalate to this magnitude until now.

"I think it's horrific," said one area resident, who wished to be anonymous.  "A 62-year-old man gets jumped on by anyone.  And not cool if they're kids and are growing up like that if they were kids."

"We haven't had death from homeless before.  It's disgusting to see that happened.  It's not fair," said Marti Frensley from the Assistance League Hawaii Thrift Shop.

One store owner who wished to remain anonymous says the police asked for surveillance video from his store.

But, the owner says the video did not capture the attack.  The victim was taken to a hospital in critical condition and died several hours later.

Police opened a second-degree murder case.  Anyone who may have seen something in the area are asked to call police.

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