Family of 1983 Murder Victim Still Looking for Closure

Esther Stone
Esther Stone
James Stone and daughter Julie Deguair
James Stone and daughter Julie Deguair

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- She stops at a gas station on her way home from work and becomes the victim of a deadly shooting. Nearly a quarter of a century later, Honolulu police are still looking for a suspect in the young woman's murder.

James Stone was 19 years old when he married his 16-year-old sweetheart, Esther.

"She was very well loved and a very happy person, got along with everyone," Stone said.

Ten years and three children later, his wife was dead at the age of 26.

"We don't know of anybody who would want to do something like that," the victim's husband said.

The waitress left work and was gunned down while pumping gas at a 7-Eleven in Pearl City. It happened at 1:40 in the morning on October 6th, 1983.

"Police were saying it was a high-powered rifle," Stone said. "There was no bullet recovered. The entry, it was straight through her."

Twenty four years later, James remembers the last conversation he had with his wife.

"She wanted me to go put gas in her car and I told her it didn't need any gas," he said, choking up. "On every occasion of our anniversary, her birthday, anniversary of her death, I just relive this."

Julie Deguair was eight years old when her mother was killed.

"I thought the next day, my mom would be home," the now 32-year-old said. "I didn't believe it for a while."

Family members believe Esther was the victim of a random drive-by shooting.

"If anybody out there knows anything or if anyone wants to make a confession, that would be great," Stone said. "It's been 24 years. We'd just like to put closure to this."

From a husband with a broken heart.

If you have information about this cold case, call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.