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Family Wants Answers to Waikiki Man's Death

Friederike Boszko, Oliver Johnson's mother.   Johnson's brother, Leonard, is seated next to her. Friederike Boszko, Oliver Johnson's mother. Johnson's brother, Leonard, is seated next to her.
The Ala Wai Boat Harbor The Ala Wai Boat Harbor

(KHNL) - Oliver Johnson's family is searching for answers, and have hired an attorney to help them.

Family members took the 34-year-old man off life support last week. He was bloated and unrecognizable; the effects of the flesh-eating bacteria that consumed him after he fell into the contaminated Ala Wai Boat Harbor.

"And I have to say I knew when I first saw him that was the absolute end," said Friederike Boszko, Johnson's mother.

"Like anyone would do, I said you take his leg, you take whatever you can to save his life," said Leonard Johnson, brother.

But his family didn't know what kind of life Johnson would have, if he survived. So they took him off life support last Thursday night.

"I want to find the time sequence of events, which I still don't know," said Boszko.

They've hired attorney Jim Leavitt, who among other things is having a pathologist review the city medical examiner's autopsy results.

The family is also working with police, who say Johnson got into a fight with a man the night he ended up in the harbor.

"If there was an altercation, that's not what killed my brother, what killed my brother are bacteria that were found right there in that harbor," said Johnson.

Family members say they will remember Johnson as an avid surfer, who loved living in Hawaii.

They're thankful they were able to be at his bedside, despite the nature of his death.

"Oh God, I thank God I could see him, I had some closure too, I got to say goodbye," said Johnson.

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