Loved ones march silently in memory of Steve Wilcox

Shantel Wilcox
Shantel Wilcox
Shirley Wilcox
Shirley Wilcox
A rainbow appears over Punchbowl crater during the march
A rainbow appears over Punchbowl crater during the march

By Mari-Ela David

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Another call this year to end domestic violence, this time, in honor of Steve Wilcox. He was the 19-year-old Good Samaritan murdered in Kaneohe while trying defend a woman.

Loved ones held a vigil for Wilcox at the Capitol Tuesday evening, hoping to pressure state leaders to toughen laws against criminals, and protect others from domestic violence.

They voiced their message without saying a word.

During a silent march, more than 300 people honored Wilcox for trying to break up an alleged domestic fight, a heroic act that cost him his life.

"He went out big. He went out right and we're very proud of him. We miss him. We wish he was here with us. Everyday I'm going to miss him but today just gives my family and I reason to continue his legacy," said Steve's sister, Shantel Wilcox.

Supporters called on the public to stop domestic violence, as loved ones reflected on the life of the eldest of triplets.

"It was really heartbreaking. I mean we went berzerk. To think you have triplets and losing one. It's not an easy thing," said Steve's grandmother, Shirley Wilcox.

But with every tragedy is a lesson learned.

"Just love your family, hug them, care for them. Love them, because I wouldn't wish this upon any family," said Shantel Wilcox.

In the midst of their grief is a promising vision that Wilcox's death will bring to life a strong political movement at the Capitol, to not only protect victims of domestic violence, but also those who risk their lives to save others.

Since Wilcox's murder, there have been efforts to revive the Good Samaritan Bill, which calls for longer prison time for those convicted of felony crimes against Good Samaritans.

Representative John Mizuno says he plans to introduce the bill at 2009's legislative session.