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Dateline to investigate murder of Brittany Jane Royal

HONOLULU (Hawaii News Now)- As the family of a Big Island murder victim prepares to say goodbye, a network news show investigates.

Brittany Jane Royal's family holds a memory of her singing at Christmas near and dear. This Saturday, music will help honor her life-- at a memorial in Southern California.

Her mother, Julie Spahn Royal told us by phone from California that the plan was to "chant, meditate, play guitar, sing, look at pictures and talk about Brittany's life."

The loving daughter, big sister to two brothers and mom-to-be lived her 25 years to the fullest. Though described as a free spirit, Brittany wrote out an ambitious "life to do list"-- including travel, owning horses and becoming a glassblower in Hawaii.

"Some of it was really cute" says her mom. "That was her. That was just her in a nutshell."

Since her murder in May, after a camping trip to Kalapana, her family has sought to learn who strangled Brittany to death.

Her mother even got tattoos, translated as 'truth and justice' as a nod to one of Brittany's tattoos that said "veritas." That's the Latin word for truth.

In Julie's words, "Try to find out who took her from us. Find that man and bring him to justice."

Police have named Brittany's boyfriend, 22 year old Boaz Johnson as the suspect.

But, how did they go from happy couple expecting a baby to murder victim, and suspected killer?

Dateline NBC will do an investigative report. It's good news for her family because as Julie puts it, "The more people that know Bo is the suspect and police believe him to be alive, you know it only takes one person to see him."

Her family says national exposure will help keep her memory alive, even as they prepare to scatter her ashes at sea.

Boaz or "Bo" Johnson has a mechanical horse tattoo on his torso and a lion on his left shoulder blade.

Brittany's mother doesn't like to use the word "closure," but hopes someone with information will do 'the right thing.'

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