A man was arrested in connection with the stabbing deaths of his grandparents at their home in Hawaii, authorities said.
Shortly before 7 a.m. on Jan. 17, police on the Big Island responding to a home in Hilo about a disturbance found family members restraining blood-covered 21-year-old Joshua Makana Jiro Ho, KHNL reported.
According to police, Ho had lacerations to his hands and was suspected of stabbing his grandparents, Jeffrey Yoshio Takamine and Carla Kayoko Takamine, both 68, and wounding a 28-year-old man inside the family’s residence.
The couple were pronounced dead at the scene, and the younger victim, reportedly Ho’s older brother, was transported to an area hospital to be treated for lacerations to his head and later released.
Ho was arrested and taken to a hospital for treatment of his injuries before he was booked into jail on a charge of first-degree murder.
He was being held on $2.75 million bail.
According to KHNL, Hawaii Island Mayor Mitch Roth noted the murdered couple, the owners of Big Island Delights, a business that sold cookies, candies and other confections, “were two of the most generous, giving and caring people I’ve ever known."
He added, "I join in the grieving of many throughout our community who have had the privilege to be touched by their warmth and aloha.”
David Shiigi, a neighbor of the slain couple, said he will remember Carla Takamine for her generosity, the station reported.
“I have a nursery business and she went out of her way to help me when I used to go on trips,” he said. “And donate her products for me to share with people on the mainland.”
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