KAIMUKI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
A makeshift memorial has sprung up in front of Café Miro in Kaimuki for an elderly man who was stabbed to death while selling newspapers early Sunday morning.
“Came downstairs to see what happened and that's when the detectives started asking us questions, and that's when my kids brought the light upon them and told them that they got woken up by two males arguing, screaming at each other really loud, but they couldn't recognize what they were saying,” said C.J. Mendivel.
EMS transported the 70-year-old victim to the hospital in critical condition around 3:45 a.m. where he later died.
Police say the suspect is still on the loose.
"This neighborhood I felt was always safe...until now," said Val Hubin, who lives across the street from the crime scene.
According to police sources, the victim was found with multiple stab wounds to his head and his back.
“He couldn't have made any money yet cause it was super early on Sunday. So this must have been some drunk, drugs, someone on drugs that just saw an innocent person and just took advantage of him,” said Jason Coleman, who owns a nearby business.
Flowers now sit where the victim used to sit on Waialae Avenue between 9th Avenue and 8th Avenue along with a card that reads, ‘Aloha Ted, you deserve so much better.”
Manager at Cafe Miro, Jimmy Downey, says he would buy newspapers from the victim and the victim would always talk about supporting his family through his job.
"Very nice, older gentleman, like an uncle to me. And I would give him some little extra to help him out sometimes," said Downey.
Police closed the area down around 4:54 a.m. to conduct an investigation. Roads were reopened shortly after 8 a.m.
The victim's wife and a close friend of the victim says they are all just very numb but are doing OK and they just want their privacy at this time.
Another nearby business owner says the victim's father would also sell newspapers at the same spot every Sunday morning before he passed away. He says that's when "Ted" took over.
An autopsy for the victim is scheduled for Monday.