Fundraiser held for murdered mom's five children

Diamond Badajos
Diamond Badajos
Kealii Toelupe
Kealii Toelupe

By Tracy Gladden - bio | email

KAILUA (KHNL) - A fundraiser will be held this Saturday to help out the five children of a young mother who was a victim of domestic violence. In January 29-year-old Janel Tupuola's young life was cut short.

Police say her ex-boyfriend is suspected of brutally bludgeoning her with a shotgun.

"It was really a big shock I never thought anything like this would have happened, the first thing that popped into my mind was what about the kids where are they going to go," said Diamond Badajos, the victim's niece.

Tupuola had five children the oldest 14 the youngest just two. Six months since their mom's death and they're still in disbelief.

"I thought that she was just in the hospital she got punched or something and then when I got there they told me she was dead and that's when I just got all mad and started to cry," said Kealii Toelupe, the victim's son.

"She always told me to be a better person than all her boyfriends were and that I should just stay in school," said Kealii.

Police say charges are pending against 30-year-old Alapeti Tunoa Junior, the man accused of bludgeoning Tupuola.

"Whatever happens to you you deserve it and I hate you."

Kealii is now the anchor for the family. He plans on telling them about their mom as they grow.

"I want them to know that they always have each others back and to make sure that they are always there and we are always there for them."

A benefit fundraiser for the children will be held this Saturday at Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park.

Tickets start at $20 and proceeds go directly to the Tupuola's children.