WAIMANALO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hearts were heavy in Waimanalo Tuesday night where loved ones gathered to mourn the loss of two mothers who police say were killed by their own sons.
"We're trying to get some kind of a sense of realism that this wouldn't happen in Waimanalo, it shouldn't happen in Waimanalo, it couldn't happen in Waimanalo, but it did," said long-time friend Andrew Jamila.
Songs were sung and tears were shed at Waimanalo Beach Park Pavilion as hundreds came together for a prayer and candlelight vigil for Jolyn Kipapa and Shannell Moku.
"Two women in our community, their life got taken, and it's so beautiful how much people in this community has so much love and support," said Del-Jean Kipapa.
Police say Shannell Moku, 36, mother of five, was beaten to death outside her home on Bell Street earlier this month. Moku had critical injuries to her head and face. Her 15-year-old son, a student at Kaiser High School, is charged with second-degree murder.
Just two months before that, Honolulu police swarmed a home at Waimanalo Beach Park, commonly known as Sherwood's Beach. That's where Kipapa was found stabbed to death. Her 16-year-old adopted son is also charged with second-degree murder.
"Days go by...you think it's kinda getting a little easier. Then today...this is hard," Del-Jean said.
While police are still investigating both killings, those in Waimanalo are trying to heal.
Loved ones say Moku was a very giving woman and Kipapa was a very selfless woman who always had a flower in her hair and smile on her face...two women gone tragically, but not forgotten.