HONOLULU (KHON2) — A man was found dead on Honowai Street near Honowai Neighborhood Park and School in Waipahu on Sunday, Feb. 13, at around 11:10 p.m.
KHON2 spoke with the victim’s family on Monday afternoon.
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The family identified him as 27-year-old Aigofie Aigofie, who also goes by “J” for Junior.
They said it was normal for him to meet his friends near Honowai Neighborhood Park after work.
According to police, that’s what he was doing Sunday night when the suspect came to pick up a woman nearby.
“As the suspect started to drive away, he rolled down his window and exchanged some words with the victim and his friends,” said HPD Lt. Deena Thoemmes, who held a press conference on Monday afternoon about the shooting. “The suspect then stopped his vehicle, exited and continued to argue with the victim, the argument escalated when the suspect shot the victim.”
Aigofie died at the scene. HPD said the suspect took off towards Kunia Road in a black SUV.
Thoemmes described the suspect as a Polynesian male in his 30s, 5 feet 9 to 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a heavy build and full beard. He was last seen wearing a black and red colored hat and a black T-shirt.
She said police do not believe the shooting was random but said police aren’t sure if the two men knew each other at this time.
Aigofie’s family said he wasn’t the confrontational type and he was always singing because he was a joyful person.
“He doesn’t cause trouble,” said Aigofie’s mother-in-law Angel Afoa-Maposua. “He doesn’t do anything like that. He was such a humble soul, but I think he was at the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong people coming and going. His family are Catholic pastors in Samoa. He comes from a good upbringing.”
Aigofie’s wife Angel said the two moved to Waipahu from Alaska five years ago. Aigofie moved to help Angel’s ohana when her grandmother was diagnosed with cancer. “He’s been a blessing to our family, he’s a very giving person, it’s just so sad this happened like this.”
Detectives were in the area Monday afternoon interviewing witnesses while loved ones put up a memorial.
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“I can’t believe no one saw anything,” his mother-in-law added. “It’s an active neighborhood. Someone heard something. If someone could kindly just please step forward and just give police some leads, it would be so good because right now the family needs to rest.”