Families of Mayor Wright stabbing victim and suspect speak out

Published: Jan. 29, 2012 at 3:43 AM HST|Updated: Jan. 29, 2012 at 2:16 PM HST
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Benjamin Rekis
Benjamin Rekis
Enrico Golden
Enrico Golden

KALIHI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Residents are still on edge a day after a deadly dispute at Mayor Wright Homes. The attack was the second fatal stabbing at the public housing complex in less than five months. For one woman, both attacks hit close to home.

Police responded to Mayor Wright Homes around 6:45 p.m. on Friday after a fight involving several people. The suspect's wife told Hawaii News Now that her husband got a call from a friend saying some children were hitting his truck.

"So he ran out to see what was going on and he started yelling, just saying, you know, people should watch their kids," explained Bobbi Golden, the wife of suspect Enrico Golden.

Then an argument erupted with the children's relatives.

"The friend that called my husband, he hit someone in the face and right after that the crowd just went crazy. Everybody jumped that man and my husband, and were kicking him, beating up on him," said Bobbi Golden.

Emergency crews took four stabbing victims to the hospital. One of them, Benjamin Rekis, a father of four, later died. His cousin, Eriko Rekis said her father and another relative were also injured in the stabbing spree.

"I feel like this is like a low-income housing and everybody just act like animals," said Eriko Rekis.

Eriko Rekis lost her fiance, TJ Mori, to a stabbing in the same area last September. Takson Krstoth, 21, pleaded not guilty and is awaiting trial. Now Rekis is mourning the loss of her cousin and her fiance.

"I want to get out of here. I don't have a place to go now, but I'm sitting here just thinking how I'm gonna get out of here," Rekis said.

Officers arrested Golden for second-degree murder, but his wife said he is innocent.

"I just talked to him before you got here and he's doing well. He's upset, he's very upset that someone died and that any of this happened, it's terrible, said Bobbi Golden.

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