Sisters remember their loved one they called 'Bethy'

By Andrew Pereira
Published On: Aug 02 2013 09:49:55 AM HST
Updated On: Aug 02 2013 10:10:02 AM HST

Mary Beth San Juan's sisters are speaking out today. They say the 56-year-old was a kind soul who would help anyone.

HONOLULU -

They were supposed to fly to Oahu from Montana on Aug. 6 to enjoy their sisterhood and a time to reflect on the passing of their father in March.

Now, the two remaining sisters say they're having a good cry every morning and reflecting on the life of Mary Beth San Juan, the person they call "Bethy," who was found brutally murdered last month in the driveway of her Punahou Street home.

"She was just a free spirit and just filled with love and joy and wanted happiness and peace fore everybody," said Ann Engebretson.

"She was friendly to everyone.  She was the person who would look a homeless person in the eyes," said Jill Myers.  "She was the person who would help them."

It's that friendly and helping nature that may have led to San Juan's encounter with Vernon Baker, the man police say stabbed her to death and then placed her body in a rolled carpet outside her front door.

"We know they were acquaintances," Engebretson.  "I don't think there was any close connection with them at all."

The two sisters thanked the police and the public for supporting the family and are satisfied with Baker's indictment Thursday for second-degree murder.

"I hope that he's not out on the street ever again, but you know, that's not my call," said Engebretson.  "So, I will trust justice to take its course the way it's supposed to."

San Juan's sisters ask anyone that wants to honor her to continue to drop off flowers at her driveway on Punahou Street.  They say the idea is to create a new memory for what was the scene of an alleged murder.

PHOTOS: Remembering Mary Beth San Juan

Click here to see pictures of San Juan's memorial.

"We'd like people to cover up the ugliness that took place there with the beauty of flowers," said Myers.

A memorial for San Juan will be held this Saturday at Nuuanu Memorial Park.  Visitation begins at 5 p.m. with services to follow at 6 p.m.  San Juan's family says the public is welcome.

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