Critically Injured Man On Life Support, Mother Seeks Information

Debra Turin
Debra Turin

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- A young man is on life support following a savage beating in Honolulu. The victim's mother is seeking information about the case, saying she's frustrated with how the investigation has gone so far.

Debra Turin says she wanted police to ask for the public's help a lot sooner. Five whole days have passed since her son was found unconscious with severe injuries.

Described as a nice guy who would give you the shirt off his back, 20-year-old Adam Turin is now fighting for his life.

"They are right now just working with the swelling in the brain trying to, they're putting in new tubes today to try to drain some of the spinal fluid," Debra Turin, victim's mother, said.

The youngest of Debra Turin's eight children is on life support. He was found in a pool of blood in the driveway of 1507 South King Street last Friday morning.

Doctors tell police his injuries are consistent with a beating.

"No one ever wants to get that call," the victim's mother said through tears. "We were shocked."

Crimestoppers says police are still classifying the savage beating as a non-criminal injury. Debra Turin wonders why.

"Do you wish police came forward and asked for the media's help a little sooner than five days after?" this reporter asked.

"I did. Yeah, I really did," Debra Turin replied.

"No, you have to understand, detectives weren't called out to the scene," Sgt. Kim Buffett, Crimestoppers, explained. "It was just beat men at the scene thinking this guy must have fell."

Homicide investigators are looking into the case.

Police say the building where the victim was found houses businesses that are open 24 hours a day, but no one's talking.

The victim's mother is pleading for witnesses to come forward.

"If they're homeless, if they're drug addicts, I don't care what you are," she said. "I care to find out what happened to my son."

The victim's cell phone is missing. Debra Turin says phone records show someone placed two calls to Las Vegas, after her son was in the hospital.

If you have information that could help the investigators, call police.