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Somber memorial held for hit-and-run victim

Raelynn Adams Raelynn Adams
Frank Hunter Frank Hunter
Alonzo Ford Alonzo Ford

By Duane Shimogawa - bio | email 

NANAKULI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A somber memorial was held Friday to honor a young woman who died at a McDonald's drive-thru.

About 30 of Raelynn Adam's friends and family gathered at there. They sang songs and remembered all the good times they spent with her.

She was in love with the sky, working towards a career in the Air Force. The 20-year-old's life was just getting ready to launch.

"We lost our lives with her so, that's a big part of our lives, she was a big part of everyone's lives, we lost that," Adam's brother-in-law Frank Hunter said. "Just trying to bring closure to the family."

For her family, that will come with one thing. Their goal now is to put her killer behind bars.

Albert Birmingham is charged with manslaughter. Investigators say Sunday, he got into a fight with Adam's boyfriend in the restaurant drive-thru.

He allegedly then took off, driving into Adams and a friend as he tried to get away. Recent toxicology reports show his blood alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit.

"It's been sort of hard, because she's only 20 years old and she's just beginning her life and me personally, it hurts," Adam's cousin Alonzo Ford said.

Friends say Adams lived up to her nickname, "Aloha" all the way until the day she died.

On Friday, the people closest to her heart say she's now spreading that "Aloha" up in the sky.

On Thursday, a grand jury indicted Birmingham on that manslaughter charge, instead of the lesser offense of negligent homicide. Manslaughter is a felony that's punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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