Reward rises for Iris' killer

Stephany Sofos
Stephany Sofos

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL) - Honolulu Police are receiving more than just tips in the murder case of Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana. People are also offering reward money for information in the crime, that ended the life of a Kalihi teenager.

Along with fresh flowers at a memorial along King Street for Rodrigues-Kaikana, there are fresh tears from her distraught family.

"How can someone be so heartless and take someone so good from a family?" asked Sharralei Gallarde, Iris' cousin.

The brutal death of the 18 year old has impacted more than just her family and friends.

Seeing reports of Iris' murder have sparked some in the community to take action.

"I can't solve the crime but maybe I can help in another way," said Stephany Sofos, a resident of Waikiki.

Sofos didn't know Iris, but she is outraged over her violent murder. She is donating a thousand dollars of her own money to help find Iris' killer.

While many have stopped by this memorial to pay their respects, Iris' family is looking for more.

"The family just needs help, you know," said Gallarde.

That help is coming from the community. Along with showing their support for at the memorial, a number have called in helpful tips to the police Crimestopper's line.

And several others, including Sofos have also pledged money to solve this murder case.

"Everybody should in their life do the right thing, but sometimes people are motivated by money. And if this is what it takes to get to do the right thing then I am willing to step up," said Sofos.

"We just want to find who did this to my cousin," added Gallarde.

So far, a reward of up to $2500 is being offered for information in this case. And while investigators look into this crime, a silent march for Iris is being planned for this Monday, at 5:30 at the State Capitol.