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Cabbie murder suspects nabbed

Ty Tang Ty Tang
Aprille Tang Aprille Tang
Jarvis Tang Jarvis Tang
Michael Robles Michael Robles

By: Duane Shimogawa bio | email

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Murder suspects nabbed in the case of a taxi driver, who was beaten unconscious and left for dead.

The brutal murder, happened on his birthday, just before midnight, Friday. Waikiki officers arrested two people.

Police arrested 18-year-old Michael Robles and a 17-year-old male for second degree murder. This after 41-year-old Ty Tang was found brutally beaten to death in Waipahu last weekend. 41. That's the age Ty Tang became last Saturday. But he wouldn't live to see past that.

It was cut short after a taxicab ride that began in Waikiki. Police say two young men got into Tang's taxi on Kuhio Avenue near Seaside Avenue on Saturday, just before 2 a.m.  He drove them to Times Supermarket in Waipahu. Investigators say a short time later Tang was found unresponsive outside his car with severe head injuries to his head and face. He died hours later.

"I miss that he teaches me how to cook and all of the ingredients and he teaches me how to play sports," His daughter Aprille said.

Tang leaves behind two kids, 10-year-old Aprille and 13-year-old Jarvis.

"He used to bring us to the beach and we used to ride bike around the park and he also taught me how to cook," His son Jarvis said.

Jarvis and Aprille saw their father every weekend.

"He really took care of us and he wanted to teach us other things too, he wanted to bring us to places," Jarvis said.

After learning about the arrests, they feel hopeful that justice will be served.

"I feel better now, they can keep away from other people, keep other people safer," Jarvis said.

But this may not be the first time one of the suspect's been in trouble. Sources say 18-year-old Michael Robles was at the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility until very recently. He was then sent to Hale Kipa, which is a private, non-profit transitional shelter for at-risk youths.

As the investigation continues, the Tang family hopes people will remember their father as someone who gave more than he received.

"He loved us as much as he loved everyone else, he's a nice person," Aprille said.

Tang's memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. It's being held at Mililani Downtown Mortuary. He'll be laid to rest at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park in Kaneohe.

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