Monday, January 21, 2008

Silent March and Candlelight Prayer for Cyrus Belt and Janel Tupuola

Rep. John Mizuno, Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland, co-chairs of the Keiki Caucus, along with Rep. Karen Awana and former Rep. Dennis Arakaki are organizing a silent march, followed by a candlelight prayer for Cyrus Belt and Janel Tupuola on Tuesday evening. Rep. Mizuno asks the participants to consider wearing black, black arm bands or black ribbons to remember these two victims of violence. Here are the details:

When: Tuesday, January 22, 2008. Meet at 5 p.m.
Where: Gather in front of the Father Damien statue, State Capitol, to march down Beretania Street.

The victims: Cyrus Belt, 23-months-old, was thrown from an H-1 Freeway pedestrian overpass on Thursday, January 17th. According to the City Medical Examiner, Cyrus likely died from the 24-foot fall. Police have charged Matthew Higa with second degree murder of Cyrus Belt.

Janel Tupuola, 29-years-old, was bludgeoned to death by the butt of a shotgun on Wednesday, January 16th. Police have charged Janel Tupuola's former boyfriend, Alapeti Siuanu Tunoa, Jr., with second-degree murder.
Photos: Honolulu Star-Bulletin

1 comment:

JessicaM said...

I'm in Seattle, WA and I have a little boy. I came across this tragic story today (even though it's 8 months later after the story was published) and I cried for Cyrus. This is just horrible.