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Suspect arrested after Molokai woman shot, killed in Kawela

Courtesy Malia Kahalewai's Facebook Page Courtesy Malia Kahalewai's Facebook Page
Kahalewai and boyfriend Marlin Lavoie Kahalewai and boyfriend Marlin Lavoie
Marlin Lavoie Marlin Lavoie
KAWELA (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A 24-year-old Molokai woman who was shot in the chest late Wednesday night has died, according to Molokai police.

Officials say they received reports at approximately 9:59 p.m. of a single gunshot in the area of Kawela known as "The Barns." Police say that upon arrival to the Kawela Barns Apartments, located at 2626 Kamehameha V Highway, they discovered the female victim with a gunshot wound to the chest.

She was transported to Molokai General Hospital in critical condition, where she later died as a result of her injuries. 

Molokai officials have identified the victim as 24-year-old Malia Kahalewai of Kawela.

Police identify the suspect as the victim's boyfriend, 33-year-old Marlin Lavoie.  He reportedly fled the scene in a small Honda heading east on Kamehameha V Highway and was found the following morning at 7:50 at his home in Honouliwai.

The suspect surrendered to police and was arrested without incident.  He was charged Friday with murder in the second degree, felon in possession of a firearm, felon in possession of ammunition and other charges.  Lavoie's bail is set at $170,000. 

Kahalewai lived in the area with Lavoie, and the couple had three children, friends say. 

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