PALOLO, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police remain on the lookout for a suspect in Saturday night's shooting at a Palolo Valley convenience store that left a father of ten dead.
A memorial has been growing for Rimoni Pologa near the store doorway where he was shot. Family members and friends came after church Sunday to post photos of the 45-year-old Palolo man, and to remember him as a father.
"I just want to say Happy Father's Day to my baby brother," said Pologa's sister, Amelia Pologa, fighting back tears after putting some some pictures. "He's in a better place, and we're going to miss him so much."
Pologa was a regular customer at the New Valley store on Kauhana Street.
"All I know is that's his favorite store, for come over here, hang out with all his friends," said his best friend Smokey Eneliko.
That's what he apparently intended to do when he parked his truck in front of the store Saturday evening.
Police said at about 7:30 p.m., a man arrived on a moped, entered the store, pulled a gun on the shopkeeper and demanded money. Pologa walked in and confronted the man, blocking the only way to get in and out of the store.
"Witness intervened, and the suspect shot the witness," Honolulu Police Lt. Walter Calistro said shortly after the shooting.
The gunman also fired two shots at the shopkeeper and missed before feeling the scene.
Pologa was pronounced dead at the hospital while police investigated the shooting, with Pologa's work truck still parked outside.
Flowers and other mementos are being left by friends and family, including relatives who are here from Utah.
"We came out here for vacation," said Pologa's niece, Viena Cardon. "I just only wish that we could go back in time and save him from this miserable..." she said, unable to complete the sentence.
The store's owner considered Pologa to be a friend. He said the store will remain closed, as a sign of respect, until after Pologa's funeral.
"I just hope he gets justice for this," said Cardon. "And I only ask my family to forgive. But he will never be forgotten."