Sister of murdered Ewa Beach man speaks out

By Brenton Awa
Published On: Mar 25 2014 10:31:02 PM HST

Hawaii police are on the hunt for three men who say they beat a man and left him to die in Ewa Beach. KITV's Brenton Awa spoke with witnesses and the victim's family.

EWA BEACH -

CrimeStoppers and the Honolulu Police Department are seeking the public's assistance in locating any witnesses or the suspects responsible for a homicide that happened early Sunday morning in Ewa Beach.

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Maria Gabriel can barely control her grief. Her sadness turns to anger as she thinks of the men who killed her brother.

"In return of what you did to him it's going to be back to you, but it's going to be triple times for what you did. So you can run but you cannot hide, in the name of Jesus, they will find you," said Gabriel.

Gabriel's brother, John Melvin Howard was 38-years-old. He lived in a house on Komana Street near Campbell High School. His sister still can't understand why someone would murder him.

"He doesn't make trouble, the only time he did that is when he was drinking but he doesn't bother nobody," said Gabriel.

Witnesses say a black sports car pulled up at the curb in front of Howard's home where the 38-year-old was standing shortly after midnight. After a brief exchange of words, witnesses tell us the car drove off and Howard started walking in the middle of Komana Street. That's when witnesses say three men walked up to Howard and one of them kicked him in the sternum, causing him to fall to the ground. His sister heard the commotion from her bedroom.

"As I looked out I saw my brother fall back and I ran out from my bedroom and I heard somebody say he's knocked out, good for you," said Gabriel.

Gabriel says the suspects drove off in a faded black two door sports car. That's when she ran out to check on her brother.

"He was already laying down, gasping for air so when I tried to call him, he's not even responding," said Gabriel.

Howard was taken to the hospital with injuries to his head and body. The 38-year-old died on Monday. However, as an organ donor his family says his kidney and liver became gifts that helped give life to two others.

Another clue for the public to look out for might be floating somewhere on social media. Witnesses told us one of the suspects took a photo of the Howard on the ground before they left the scene. The suspects face a charge of murder in the second degree. If you have any information on this case, you're asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300.

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