HILO (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hundreds turned out for a day-long vigil and rally in Hilo Wednesday in remembrance of Catherine Dingle, a Mountain View woman who died after she was stabbed along Hilo's bayfront on May 29th.
Attendees lined Kamehameha Avenue with signs and photos of Dingle, just next to a shrine of flowers, lei and a balloon, which marked the spot where Dingle was stabbed several times in front of horrified onlookers.
Dingle's mother, Lydia Esteves, cried in front of the flowers, while organizers also tried to raise awareness about domestic violence.
"The Filipino community came together and rallied behind the family, and also the community, to show our support in ending domestic violence," said rally organizer Rose Bautista, "because we have seen far too many of this in our community. And we hope to end it."
Catherine's husband, Steve Dingle, has been charged with murder in connection with her death.
Family members say there had been marital problems in the past.
"We thought it was being handled by them, yeah?" said Dingle's cousin, Kurtis Gebin. "They were supposed to be getting a divorce, and then they got back together, and we thought that things were working out. They started to go to church."
The rally also was organized to raise funds for the couple's four children, who range in age from seven to 17.
Several of Catherine's co-workers from Big Island Candies were at the rally. Catherine had worked at the company for nearly 20 years. Gebin said the company has offered to pay the funeral expenses.
Catherine's family says they may never know why the attack happened.
"Cathy knows. Steve knows," Gebin said. "But unfortunately, Steve is in jail and Cathy is no longer with us, so only God knows now what really happened."
The couple's children are being cared for by other family members. Steve Dingle remains held on $1 million bail while he undergoes a court ordered psychiatric evaluation to determine whether he is fit to stand trial.
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