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Suspect's Family Apologizes For Good Samaritan's Murder

By Minna Sugimoto

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Relatives of a young man charged in connection with the killing of a Good Samaritan in Waikiki Sunday apologized to the victim's family Tuesday.

Nineteen-year-old Kelii Acasia is charged with murder. He's in custody, unable to post $1 million bail.

Eighteen-year-old Benjamin Pada is charged with robbery and assault. His bail is set at $100,000.

Investigators say the suspects tried to steal a woman's purse, and were chased by her boyfriend. A witness, 58-year-old Ned Nakoa, rushed in to help and was hit in the head.

Nakoa later died from his injuries.

"I'd just like to apologize to the family and the people that was hurt with this. You know, these young men, they made a mistake," Tony Pada, Benjamin Pada's uncle, said. "And, you know, I can not say how bad I feel towards that man that passed away trying to help."

"My deepest sympathies to the family," Tony Pada continued. "I just feel, I sorry, I out of words right now. But I just feel so bad for the family."

"I just like the truth come out. I like everybody know what really when happen," Ben Pada, suspect's father, said. "You know, it's not like they went out there and they when plan this stuff. Things just when happen."

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

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