Co-Workers, Friends Remember Woman in Halawa Murder-Suicide

Lourdes Mark
Lourdes Mark

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- Friends and co-workers spent the day remembering the woman killed in Monday night's double shooting in Halawa.

Autopsies on Tuesday confirmed the woman's husband shot her, then turned the gun on himself. It's the second murder-suicide on Oahu in as many months.

The mood is uncharacteristically somber at the Honolulu International Airport's lei stands. Some of the lei 45-year-old Marissa Dumlao made before she left work Sunday evening are still on display.

"She string all of those," Aurora Doble, victim's co-worker, said. "And she can string fast. One lei she can finish in 15 minutes."

The following night, police rushed to a Halawa Heights apartment, and found her body and the body of her husband, 60-year-old retired military man Eliseo Dumlao. Autopsies reveal each died from a gunshot wound to the head.

"They're a pretty quiet family, yeah," Shaff Bautista, neighbor, said. "So when we found out what happened, it was a pretty shocking ordeal."

Marissa Dumlao is described as a hard-worker, who always had treats for her co-workers.

"Every time she come to work, she brought something that, you know, we can share to eat over here," Doble said, while wiping away tears.

And she enjoyed kidding around.

"Telling me about, okay, you're too old," Lourdes Mark, victim's friend, recalled. "And then I said, 'That's okay. I still can work quicker than you.'"

But the lei makers say they noticed a change in her about two weeks ago.

"You can sense that, if the person got the problems," Doble said. "It's not like the same. She quiet."

"I know that she's in trouble already 'cause she's not very happy looking," Mark said. "(She) used to be."

Still, no one imagined such a violent end.

"It is sad. It's very sad," Mark said.

"Almost every day she was here," Doble said, while choking back tears. "I can't believe she's gone."

Co-workers say Marissa Dumlao leaves behind an 18-year-old daughter.