KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Family members of the Farrington High School football player who was fatally stabbed Tuesday night in Kalihi say an innocent life was taken too soon.
"We just want to say to everyone, love one another, forget all the violence, just focus on what's important in life," said the victim's aunt, Naomi Sula.
"You never know what will happen next."
Police say Wesley Sula, 16, was stabbed in the chest late Tuesday during a confrontation with a 27-year-old. The victim's older brother, Chippa, was stabbed in the leg and was taken to a hospital in serious condition.
The suspect, Adrian Bringas, was arrested for second-degree murder and second-degree attempted murder. He has 58 prior arrests and 24 convictions.
Wesley Sula, a junior at Farrington, was due to turn 17 on Monday.
Family and friends have created a memorial for him at Kuhio Park Terrace, leaving balloons, teddy bears and cars.
The stabbing happened in a parking lot at the public housing project, where Sula's grandmother lives.
Sula's younger sister Cassie could hardly speak through tears when asked to talk about her brother. Their cousin Siao Wilson flew in from Seattle to be closer to her loved ones as they mourn.
"It's sucks, you know, all of his goals just turned into dreams for him," Wilson said.
Family members say the 16-year-old was a rising star in football. He wore no. 14 for the Farrington Govenors, and his jersey number was proudly displayed at the makeshift memorial for him on Ahonui Street near building 15.
Sula's aunt says the family will miss the "little things" about the teen.
"His smile, his laugh, his jokes," Sula said.
Family members said they do not know the suspect, but they do have a message for him. "To the guy who did this, it's not easy to know that we had to lose out. He had a heart bigger than his being for sure," Wilson said.