Family searching for answers in killing of Kekaha man

(Image: Togioka Family)
(Image: Togioka Family)

HANAPEPE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A grieving family is searching for answers after a murder on Kauai.

Shelsy Sasaki is devastated by the death of her fiance Jon Togioka and still hasn't figured out how to tell their 2-year-old daughter that he's gone.

"She doesn't even know what's going but I guess when she can understand, I have to explain to her what happened," Sasaki said.

The Kekaha man never had a chance to meet their newborn son who's still in the hospital.

Sasaki was medevaced to Oahu in late October when she went into labor prematurely.

"We were together for 15 years so it's just weird him not being here," Sasaki said.

A man walking along the shoreline near Salt Pond on Kauai discovered Togioka's body on Tuesday and after an autopsy on Wednesday police classified the case as a homicide.

The 34-year-old had recently gotten out of jail and family members said he was changing his life for the better.

"We get mixed emotions, we get mad, we get angry, you know," said the victim's father, Nelson Togioka. "The police department is doing the best job they can do."

The victim's estranged mother, Darlene Rapozo, found out about her son's death on her birthday.

"I just want people out there to please, if you know anything, to call the police and let them know anything you know, anything, even if it's a rumor or something insignificant to you, call them and tell them because it could be very important," Rapozo said.

Sasaki is now trying to plan a memorial service and said she just wants justice for her family.

"Somebody had to have seen something," said Sasaki. "I mean, they have leads and names are being thrown out there, but somebody knows something that they should tell."

Anyone with information is asked to contact police. You can also call Kauai Crimestoppers at 246-8300 with your anonymous tips.

A fundraiser has been set up for the children of Jon Togioka.

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