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Domestic violence: A disturbing trend in Hawaii

Gina Ribad Gina Ribad
San Porter San Porter
Carol Lee Carol Lee
Grineline James Grineline James

By Stephanie Lum - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Marchers honored the lives of a mother and her young son at the State Capitol Tuesday evening.

39-year-old Grineline James and her 7-year-old son Michael Junior are the latest victims in a string of domestic violence crimes.

The family was killed nearly a week ago in the third murder suicide case on Oahu this year.

"I do encourage you to be courageous and I encourage everyone to share your memories of Grineline and her son Michael," said the emcee at the vigil.

Among those at the vigil, friends, family, teachers and students from Farrington High School came with heavy hearts determined to send a message.

It is a tragedy tough to comprehend, for those who knew Greneline and her son best.

"We always called each other, we always got together if not in their house, we met in some other place," said Gina Ribad.

"She was very helpful in making everything easy for me and my other friends," recalled San Porter.

It is not easy trying to make sense of what happened as loved ones marched silently to remember the lives silenced by domestic violence.

For domestic service providers, this is an all too familiar and a disturbing trend in Hawaii.

"This is the seventh domestic violence death as well as there have been three suicides and so all together there's been 10 domestic violence deaths in the state of Hawaii in the year 2008," said Carol Lee, executive director of the Hawaii State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The coalition says that's the highest number of these types of cases seen in more than a decade.

While the problem can't be solved overnight, they hope this vigil will be filled with not sadness, but hope for those seeking help.

"Hopefully, it will ring a bell with someone and prevent a tragedy from occurring," Lee said.

Family members want to return Grineline and her son's bodies to the Philippines.

A donation fund will be set up to help pay for costs.

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