Chinatown shooting victim was a peacemaker, son says

Chinatown shooting victim was a peacemaker, son says
Image: The Tevaga Family
Image: The Tevaga Family
Image: The Tevaga Family
Image: The Tevaga Family

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Police have identified the woman fatally shot during an attempted robbery at a suspected illegal game room in Chinatown early Saturday morning.

Just before 2 a.m. police say Tara Tevaga, 44, suffered a gunshot wound to the chest and later died at the hospital.

Her one and only son, Raymond Tauala, says she was a peacemaker with a warm heart. "Her middle name meant love, peace and happiness and that's what she really showed."

Tauala says he doesn't know why his mom was in Chinatown during that time, but heard that she tried to intervene when two men attempted to rob Cuties Cafe.

"I guess her and a bunch of them tried to grab the gun or whatever, the gun went off and she got shot," Tauala said. "They tried to revive her  and did surgery, but they couldn't bring her back."

Police arrested a 29 year old man for investigation of robbery shortly after the shooting occurred.

On Saturday night another suspect, Albanza Tuimaleali'ifano, 30, was arrested on suspicion of second-degree murder, first-degree and second-degree attempted murder, and robbery.

Court records show Tuimaleali'ifano was also arrested in May for carrying a replica gun in a public place, but posted bail.

Tauala says Tevaga was in and out of work, but would do anything for her four grandsons.

He last saw her Friday morning as they discussed weekend plans to take his four boys to the dinosaur exhibit at the Hawaii Convention Center.

"Her four grand babies was her heart, that was her world everything was about them," said Tauala.

He's glad arrests have been made, but says nothing will replace the pain of losing his mother.

"All we like is justice," he said. "It's not going to bring my mother back, but at least we get peace of mind knowing they're not in the streets running amok anymore."

A 25 year old man was also shot in the shoulder during the attempted robbery. Police say he is expected to survive.

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