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Man charged with killing friend at shopping center

Jacob Le Jacob Le
Keola Kanae Keola Kanae
James Ong James Ong
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

26 year-old Jacob Le, the suspect in the fatal stabbing of Keola Kanae at Ala Moana Shopping Center, has been formally charged with second degree murder. Le is still in custody and has not yet posted $250,000 bail.

Jacob Le reportedly confessed to the killing after a public charade expressing his sadness over Kanae.

Le posted the song "Friends are Friends Forever" on his Facebook page two days after his Keola Kanae was murdered at Ala Moana mall.

He wrote, "This song just made me cry when I heard it so I had to post if up for my friend/brother Ola... REST IN PARADISE..."

Then at the funeral Le danced in Kanae's honor next to the casket.  Despite the act Le is now charged with the brutally stabbing his friend multiple times.  He turned himself into police Tuesday afternoon.

"If he had anything to do with it, I don't think he would go out of his way to go to the funeral," said a longtime friend of Le's, who asked not to be identified.

The friend also said Le stopped by his work place a few hours before the stabbing occurred. "Nothing seemed out of the ordinary with him," the friend said. "He was acting normal. Nothing seemed to be bothering him that day. it just seemed like a regular day with him just passing by to say hi."

"He didn't say anything to mom. That's why the mom didn't say anything. She didn't believe her son would do that," said James Ong, suspect's neighbor.

Le is described as a little guy, a skinny and shy kid.  His Facebook page also said he graduated from McKinley High in 2004.  He works at Club Moulin Rouge Go Go Dancers on Kapiolani Boulevard.  His mom works there as well.

"He's really a shy and quiet guy. I mean he likes to have a good time, but physically, I don't believe he's able to do that kind of crime," Le's friend said.

Today their roommate said she was out trying to talk with lawyer.

"I'm surprised it happened. I asked her 'do you have a lawyer with that or somebody to help?' She said okay, she is trying to find somebody to help, to find a lawyer to help her," said Thong Ong, the suspect's roommate.

The neighbor also says Le would bring a girl over to the apartment, even as late as last week.  But he doesn't know if that is the girl that is allegedly at the center of the murder.

"I saw one girlfriend, she works at McDonald's or something. He did bring her here a couple times," said James Ong.

Le's bail is set at $250,000.  

Le will likely make his first court appearance on Monday.  He didn't have any criminal record before this case.

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