Death in Hilo ruled homicide following autopsy

Faafetai Fiu
Faafetai Fiu

HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) - Big Island police say an autopsy was conducted Wednesday morning on the body of the 32-year-old man found with multiple gunshot wounds on Bayfront Highway.

The preliminary results from the examination showed that Faafetai Fiu died from exsanguination (blood loss) due to multiple gunshot wounds. The medical examiner ruled the death as a homicide. Detectives are awaiting additional toxicological findings.

No suspects have been identified at this time.

On Saturday (December 29) at about 8:47 p.m., police received a number of calls of possible gunshots heard in the area of Moʻoheau Park in Hilo. Responding officers discovered Fiu.

Detectives are continuing to follow up on leads and also want to interview fishermen who frequent the Bayfront area who may have left before police could contact them. In addition, police are asking that motorists or pedestrians call police if they were in the area and witnessed a confrontation near a silver or light-colored vehicle that was parked on the makai shoulder of the highway just makai of the Moʻoheau ball field.

Police ask that anyone with information or who may have witnessed this incident contact Detective Robert Almeida at 961-2386 or or Detective Norbert Serrao at 961-2383

Tipsters who prefer to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 961-8300 in Hilo or 329-8181 in Kona and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

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