Hundreds march for slain Kalihi teen

Steven Rodrigues
Steven Rodrigues
Peter Macalma
Peter Macalma
Evonne Kalaikai
Evonne Kalaikai
James Fritz
James Fritz

By Zahid Arab - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Friends and family of a murdered teenager took their frustration to the streets Monday evening.

Through a silent march, they honored the life of 18-year-old, Iris Rodrigues Kaikana, whose body was discovered in a Kalihi alley last week.

The slain teen's death has struck a cord with an entire community. Lawmakers, television stars and even complete strangers are putting in their own money to help find and catch her killer.

They gathered in sorrow and gathered in grief.

"I can't sleep her face is always in my mind," said the victim's father Steven Rodrigues.

"She's here, she's looking down at us," said family member Peter Macalma.

The feet resemble frustration.

"Each step to us is each memory that we had and each memory we wish would have had," said the victim's cousin Evonne Kalaikai.

Another innocent life silenced by violence.

"I know people out there know what happened," said Rodrigues.

Angry, a crowd of 200 at the march want answers. Why 18-year-old Iris Rodrigues Kaikana died and who did it.

"It could be your family member that this happens to one day," said Kalaikai.

They marched silently as one unit, as a community that wants justice. They know she was strangled but make a plea for more information on Iris' killer.

"Come forward please. We don't know what's going on," said family member James Fritz.

There are heavy hearts. But, there is also hope that someone will see the symbolic walk of family, friends and complete strangers and come clean. It's only then will Iris' family finally have closure.

Crime stoppers is offering up to a $1,000 for any information and the community is also stepping forward.  Duane "Dog" Chapman and his wife are also adding $10,000 to that reward.

The victim's family says they doesn't want your name, or any explanation, they just want information.