Mililani couple, 7-year-old son dead in apparent double murder-suicide

Capt. Frank Fujii
Capt. Frank Fujii

By Minna Sugimoto - bio | email

MILILANI (KHNL) - Residents in Mililani Mauka are stunned over an apparent double murder-suicide in their quiet neighborhood. Investigators say a man killed his wife and their young son, before taking his own life.

Officers enter a home on Moohele Street and discover a man, his wife, and their seven-year-old son dead inside.

"It is quite a shock for me to hear that it is a domestic because I never heard them scuffle," a neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, said. "I never heard them argue."

Neighbors identify the man as 43-year-old Michael James, an insurance salesman who worked out of his house. They say his wife was a teacher at Farrington High School.

"The father and the son would always play together with the basketball and ride bikes," the neighbor said, while choking back tears. "It's just difficult to kind of comprehend something like that, taking your own son."

Sources say a postal carrier called police, after finding a disturbing note inside the family's mailbox.

Officers say they discovered James in his home office, his wife and son in one of the bedrooms, and other notes indicating it was a double murder-suicide.

"It appears that the mother and child were killed sometime last night, and the suicide occurred sometime this morning," Maj. Frank Fujii, Honolulu Police Department, said.

Neighbors say they, and the James family, all moved into the new subdivision about a year-and-a-half ago.

"I'm not a mother yet, but it's such a painful thing to take a life away," the neighbor said through tears.

The Honolulu Medical Examiner is expected to perform autopsies Thursday to determine how each person died.