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Leeward Coast Community Mourns Mainland Beating Victim

Christopher Reuther Christopher Reuther
Jon Van Dyke Jon Van Dyke
Patty Teruya Patty Teruya

By: Beth Hillyer

He came to Hawaii a promising law school student. The victim of a violent attack, he was buried today in his home town of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Tonight the Leeward community holds a vigil in his memory in hopes of starting the healing process.

34 year-old Christopher Reuther dreamed of making a difference. Tonight friends, law school professors and complete strangers remember the journalist and environmentalist. Most people gathered here didn't even know the victim.

Pastor Allen Cardines prays, "In spite of what happened we are people of aloha and that's who we are."

Many took time out to attend a memorial for aspiring law student and environmental journalist Christopher Reuther.

State Representative Karen Awana says, "Chris was a brilliant and thoughtful person who truly wanted to save the world."

The talented scholar and environmental journalist was recruited by the University of Hawaii Law School.

UH Law School Professor Jon Van Dyke says, "We all feel a deep sense of loss we never got to know Chris and never got to experience how he would have helped us in our educational community and helped Hawaii in the future."

Pastor Cardines concludes, "Someone said a few days ago, Is this how the people of Nanakuli deal with anger, with their fists? No, no this one bad incident, it does not reflect us as a whole. We are good people."

Patty Teruya adds, "This area is not this way we the people of Waianae are. Not this way and so I want the media to realize that we work hard in our community to do right."

As the sun set on the Leeward side on this very same day thousands of miles away Christopher Reuther was laid to rest in North Carolina.

Here guests toss flowers into the ocean in memory of the visitor whose life ended tragically in an act of violence.

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