A 21-year-old soldier was found dead in a burning car in Honolulu, Hawaii. The boyfriend of the victim has been charged with murder. Police say he stabbed Spc. Laau Jordan Laulusa, a member of the Hawaii National Guard, in the neck before lighting a car on fire with her inside the vehicle.
Witnesses called police to report a car fire near Mililani High School in Honolulu at around 6:40 a.m. on Monday, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Witnesses informed police that they saw a man "opening and closing doors" of the car during the fire. They said he "then fled on foot" from the crime scene. Witnesses followed the man, who they say was brandishing a "blade" or weapon.
Officers arrested 25-year-old Samuel Jones in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Laau Jordan Laulusa. He was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree arson. His bail was set at $1 million.
Laulusa's body was found in the torched car.
KHON reported, "The family said the suspect in custody was the girl’s boyfriend."
Laulusa joined the Hawaii National Guard in 2019. She was a supply specialist for the 227th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 29th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
Brig. Gen. Stephen F. Logan, commanding general of the Hawaii Army National Guard, said in a statement, "Our Aloha and prayers are with her 'ohana and those who knew this soldier personally and professionally. This is a tragic loss for the entire Hawai‘i Army National Guard. We are cooperating with authorities during the ongoing investigation."
Laulusa's family wants justice for the tragic death of the 21-year-old soldier.
Her uncle, Sasoa Feagai, told KHON, "It's too bad because she's still young, a beautiful girl, real kind, and she didn’t deserve this."
Feagai told KITV, "Where's the love? What happened? It's so hard to think about something like this happening to anybody. But it does happen. Without the aloha and love that we should give people."
He added, "We're just dealing with the tragedy of it and try to make sense of what had happened."
Feagai said Laulusa's mother is willing to forgive the killer.
"My sister said she's willing to forgive," Feagai said. "I guess it's about all we can do now."
The family said, "Whatever the outcome is, is justice for Jordan."
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