Family, friends mourn purse snatching victim

Tragic end for purse snatching victim

WAIKIKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Jullie Stephenson was the victim of a brutal mugging on Super Bowl Sunday. There were signs of improvement over the last three weeks but overnight, Stephenson passed away, leaving loved ones grieving and wanting justice.

"Her body just finally gave up. She just couldn't handle it," said Jennifer Feathers, Stephenson's daughter. "She just had too many injuries, one after the next and her body just gave up. But she didn't give up. She fought 'til her very last breath."

Stephenson was going home from work when a purse snatcher attacked her, throwing her to the ground, hitting her head and breaking her hip. It's broken her family's hearts.

"I will remember her as a person who loved her family and loved her friends and got along with a lot of different people," said Feathers.

Stephenson graduated from Kaiser High School and worked as a bartender at Assaggio Italian Restaurant in Ala Moana Shopping Center for the past 12 years.

"I lost someone like a sister to me," said restaurant owner Siri Ky.

Friends and co-workers were shocked by the tragedy.

"We thought she was getting better and strong enough to pull through but I guess the attack took too much out of her," said Susan Novak, who worked with Stephenson at the restaurant.

"She is gone but she is still with us, still with Assaggio, from our heart," said Ky.

The attack just steps away from the front of her home at The Tradewinds building. Police are looking at surveillance cameras in the area but haven't released any suspect information. The family is hoping her killer will do the right thing and turn themselves in.

"I'd want that person to put themselves in my shoes and see how they feel losing a mom. I'm a single mom, I need my mom and now I don't have her all because somebody wanted to steal her purse instead of just asking for it," said Feathers.

Stephenson was mother and a grandmother, and was supposed to move to Oklahoma next month to be closer to her granddaughter, who had begged for her to move there.

"And grandma finally said 'yes,' and now this happened," said Feathers. "And now I have to go home and explain to my nine-year-old daughter that grandma's not coming."

Memorial services will be held this Saturday at 1:00 at Calvary by the Sea in Aina Haina. It is open to the public.

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