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Suspect charged in deadly Ala Moana stabbing

Keola Kanae Keola Kanae
Jacob Le Jacob Le
Le posted this on FaceBook about Kanae's death Le posted this on FaceBook about Kanae's death
Donovan Almorza Donovan Almorza
James Ong James Ong
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Honolulu police have arrested a 26-year-old Kapahulu man in connection with a fatal stabbing at Ala Moana Shopping Center. And friends of the victim said it is someone they know. 

Keola Kanae, 23,  was killed in a stairwell on October 3 on his way to work at Bubba Gump restaurant.

Honolulu police say Jacob Le was arrested for second degree murder Thursday afternoon and is currently in custody at the HPD's Alapai headquarters.

Le was charged with 2nd degree murder on Friday, his bail is set at $250,000.

Police sources told Hawaii News Now that Le confessed to the stabbing, and turned himself in. 

Le was known to Kanae's family and friends as one of Kanae's fellow dancers. On his Facebook page, Le mourned Kanae's death, saying he was shocked that he had just lost a "friend/brother."

"We are a fam on the dance floor," Le's post said.

"He only posted maybe like one status about, 'Oh, I lost my brother -- and then everything else was just him and his ex, him and his ex. It was all about his relationship," said Kanae's friend Donovan Almorza, who believes the stabbing may have happened because Le was obsessed with his ex-girlfriend. Almorza said that Kanae was just friends with the girl.

Almorza also said that there were some signs that something wasn't right about Le in the days after the stabbing. "There was nothing, like at the funeral, the wake, he wasn't crying. The funeral, he wasn't crying. He just didn't seem like it affected him," he said.

Le also was one of the dancers who performed after Kanae's funeral. He can be seen in a video dancing next to the hearse carrying Kanae's coffin.

Le lived with his mother in a second-floor apartment on Campbell Avenue. His downstairs neighbor remembers Le as a happy young man, someone who didn't seem capable of killing.

"He go dancing, techno dance, something like that. He goes with the friends," said James Ong. "Seems like he was a cool guy, a cool kid."

Another group of friends were gathered in the garage at Kanae's Kapahulu area home, but didn't want to talk. They also said the family was not talking. Phone calls to the home were not answered Thursday night.

Kanae's friends said they are shocked, but even more so, Almorza said they are upset because of how close the two seemed to be.

"More of us were really upset, like, how could you do that to someone that, out of everyone in the friends, Ola was the one that accepted him and considered him a really good friend."

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