Memorial mass for Bryanna Antone

Sabrina Huesing (l) and Pat Whitebear (r)
Sabrina Huesing (l) and Pat Whitebear (r)

By Mari-Ela David - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Some Oahu residents gathered on Wednesday to pay their respects to a person they didn't even know.

They honored the college student from New Mexico, whose nude body was found on a Waikiki Beach.

The memorial mass was held to show aloha to Antone's family before they leave for New Mexico and bring Bryanna back home.

It was a memorial mass for a young life cut short.

At the Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in Honolulu, people gathered to remember 25-year-old Bryanna Antone of Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

Among those there were members of the Native American community.

They say Antone was part of the Navajo tribe.

"It's absolutely even unbearable to even comprehend the loss and the pain and there's no words and so I just want to extend to the mother that my love is with her," said Sabrina Huesing of the Kickapoo/Potawatami tribe.

The Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii (VASH) organized the mass.

The non-profit helps tourists who are victims of crimes, and has been assisting Antone's family cope with their grief.

VASH says Bryanna's loved ones were planning to attend the mass, but at the last minute, decided not to.

Most people at the mass didn't know Antone, but wanted to show their support.

"My heart goes out to her family, and being, I have two daughters also," said Ronald Bradbury of Waianae.

"We're both deeply troubled by the family that has to go home without her and really want to wish, give her our sympathies," said Pat Whitebear of the Yankton Sioux tribe.

31-year-old Aaron Susa is the person of interest in Antone's death.

Honolulu police are waiting for an area hospital to release him, so they can move forward with their investigation into what they call a possible homicide.

Officers found Susa Monday, hiding in these bushes in Makiki, complaining he felt sick.

Investigators won't say what Susa is being treated for, but say he was seen with Antone, just hours before she was found dead at a Waikiki beach early Friday morning.

It's a tragic death that has gripped loved ones and strangers alike.

Antone's cause of death remained deffered as of Wednesday.

The Medical Examiner's office has also yet to release her toxicology results.