Exclusive video of man arrested in Kalihi teen murder

Steven Rodrigues
Steven Rodrigues

By Paul Drewes - bio | email

KALIHI (KHNL) - It's exclusive video you'll only see on KHNL and K5 News. It's of the man who is under arrest in the case of Iris Rodrigues-Kaikana's murder.

Her family is relieved, but they now have more questions about her death.

Nearly two weeks after the 18-year-old's strangled nude body was found in a Kalihi alley, police have arrested a Honolulu man, in connection with her killing.

In this exclusive video, KHNL shows 29-year-old Corbit Ahn at police cellblock as he is booked in this murder case.

Ahn has four prior convictions including ones for assault and terroristic threatening.

Even though he's accused of a brutal crime, police say he was arrested at his Honolulu apartment without any problems.

Meanwhile in Kalihi, there is finally some relief for the victim's family, who were worried the killer could come after someone else.

"I'm glad there is a suspect behind bars and that he's out of the community and he hasn't hurt anyone else's daughters," said Steven Rodrigues, the victim's father.

But even though a suspect is now behind bars, Rodrigues-Kaikana's family still has many unanswered questions about her death.

"I want to find out the motive for this and who else was involved," said her father.

After making it his mission to find his daughter's killer, Rodrigues now wants to make sure her daughter's murderer does not go unpunished.

"I hope they put him to justice and my daughter rests in peace," he said.

For the Rodrigues family, rest has been hard to come by after many sleepless nights.

In their living room, there is a growing memorial, touching tributes from the many people this teenager made an impact on during her life, but for her father, these are also painful reminders of her violent death, and the challenge that now lies ahead in this criminal case.

"I cannot stay in the house alone. If I stay in the house alone my mind starts wandering. I still can't get Iris out of my head because Iris was my angel. To this day I still can't believe that Iris is dead," said Rodrigues.

The family of Rodrigues-Kaikana has set the date for her funeral.

It'll be Saturday September 19th at the Borthwick Mortuary.

A public viewing will start at 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. followed by her burial at the Hawaiian Memorial Cemetery.