Victims of apparent New Year’s Day murder-suicide in Kapolei identified

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The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s office released Monday the names of the victims of an apparent murder-suicide in Kapolei on New Year’s Day.

They were Rugel Queja, 32, of Waipahu and Francisca Funtanilla, 56, of Kapolei.

Honolulu police on Saturday were still trying to figure out what led Queja to shoot and kill Funtanilla, then turn the gun on himself.

KHON2 went back to the residence on Kukulu Street on Saturday to piece together any details of what Funtanilla’s family said was an act of violence that was totally unprovoked.

Police say Funtanilla lived in the home and Queja was a family friend. They were among friends and family, celebrating the new year.

The crime scene tape surrounding the house was gone Saturday, but for the family involved, questions still remain.

KHON2 spoke to a family member who told us Funtanilla was his mother-in-law and that she was one of the nicest people he knew.

According to police sources, Queja visited the house with his mother, who was a family friend of the victim.

Queja later was in the room with Funtanilla and at least two witnesses, one of whom was Queja’s mother.

After excusing himself from the room to go to the restroom, Queja came back and shot Funtanilla with a large caliber handgun, before turning the gun on himself.

According to sources, Queja didn’t say anything before the shots were fired.

“Right now, it does not appear that this is domestic violence related,” said HPD Lt. Phillip Lavarias. “We’re still trying to determine what led up to the confrontation.”

Funtanilla’s son-in-law adds that his family is still trying to take in what happened and why, saying no one from his family knew Queja.

Police sources also say that Queja had no prior record.

The incident is a shock to the quiet and fairly new subdivision of Mehana. A neighbor said nothing like this has ever happened before.

“My fiancee and I were just walking down the street and we saw this, and I was like, ‘what’s going on,'” said Robert Kerns. “Shocked. I mean, I walk my dog at 10, 10:30 at night along this and it’s quite just like this, you hear kids in the background.”

Queja’s neighbors said that he was quiet and they rarely saw him.

HPD says this is still an open investigation and they’re still looking in to the motive.

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