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Murdered attorney's family says he tried to protect himself from suspect

Craig Kimsel Craig Kimsel
Barbara Ankersmit Barbara Ankersmit
Daniel Kahanaoi Daniel Kahanaoi
Rusty Anoba Rusty Anoba

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

KAILUA (KHNL) - Family members of a Honolulu attorney are mourning his sudden death. Craig Kimsel, 48, was gunned down in a home in Kailua Tuesday night.

His family says Kimsel had taken steps to try to protect himself from the accused gunman.

An apparent ongoing dispute between two men ends with a deadly shooting. Family members are in shock after Honolulu attorney Craig Kimsel is gunned down in his own home.

"There's no way to describe the feelings, no way," Barbara Ankersmit, victim's mother, said. "It's just, it still hasn't sunk in."

Investigators say the suspect, Daniel Kahanaoi, 45, went to the victim's house to look for his ex-girlfriend, Rusty Anoba, 41. Last month, she filed for a temporary restraining order against Kahanaoi.

Kimsel's family says the woman was in a bedroom upstairs when the shots were fired just inside one of the doors to the house.

"He began as her defense attorney, but I think they did develop a relationship, maybe more of an on-again, off-again relationship," Ankersmit said about her son. "But the suspect was not tolerant of that relationship in any way."

The victim also sought a TRO against the suspect and installed security cameras, motion detection lighting and combination locks on all his doors.

"This house is as it is because of my son's worry about this man," Ankersmit said. "When he moved in here there weren't these high gates, fences along here, surveillance cameras."

The lawyer leaves behind two sons.

"He had a great sense of humor," Ankersmit said. "He took his role as a defense attorney very seriously and he, I think, represented his clients the best way he could."

Kahanaoi is being held at the main police cellblock on suspicion of murder. He has not yet been charged.

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