WAIMANALO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A family in mourning is reaching out to a Waimanalo teen accused of killing his mother. As they grieve and search for answers, relatives of Shanell Moku, 36,want her son to know that they still love him.
"Boy, wherever you at, don't ever forget, go down on your knees and you ask for forgiveness," said Gwen Kailihiwa, Moku's aunt.
Kailihiwa said the mother of five always put her children first.
"Always made sure that they ate first, always made sure they had clothes on their body," she said.
Moku was beaten to death on Thursday at her home on Bell Street in Waimanalo. Her 15-year-old son is now at a detention home charged with second-degree murder. Their relatives are stunned.
"(He is) outgoing, easy to get along with his friends. His friends truly miss him. I cannot see the character that came to play that night," said Kailihiwa.
The other young children are being cared for by Moku's sister.
"It's not something that we wanted to happen, you know. For the children, too, to live there. They still gotta make that their home," said Kailihiwa.
The suspect played football and baseball at Kaiser High School. Kailihiwa said he had gotten into trouble into school and that his mother was seeking help.
"We know the mom was trying. We can't name doctors because of the situation, but we hope that the state will help in some way, reach out to him," Kailihiwa said.
As the broken-hearted family prays for healing, they want the young suspect to know that he is not alone.
"We want him to know that we love him. We really, really, truly love him because she would want us to," said Kailihiwa.