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Authorities ID Maui man who apparently set fire to home before shooting self

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:45 a.m. HST, Oct 11, 2013

Maui police have identified the 52-year-old Wailuku man who allegedly set fire to his home and killed himself as Hal Silva.

An autopsy will be conducted to determine cause of Silva's death, a police statement said.

Police said investigators are continuing to interview family, friends and neighbors as they try to determine a motive for the incident.

Police said Silva was suffering from mental health issues, which he believed were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning from his past employment with the state.

Neighbors reported hearing yelling and gunshots at 6:19 a.m. Thursday.

When Wailuku patrol officers arrived at 1364 Kakae Place they were told that Silva had set his home on fire and had fired gunshots within the home. 

After Maui firefighters extinguished the flames they found the Silva's charred body along with three dead dogs and one injured.

Silva's wife was home when the victim began to douse their home with gasoline and started shooting their dogs, police said. 

No one else was injured or harmed.

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EducatedLocalBoy wrote:
Such a tragedy. An apparently productive member of society who suffered from mental health issues later in life that may or may not have been caused by a work related injury becomes so depressed that he takes his life and tries to destroy his house -- all very sad. It appears that this was a good man who just went through a rough stretch of luck and felt so helpless. If he had only reached out to mental health professionals he might have been helped. My deepest sympathies go out to his family.
on October 10,2013 | 03:23PM
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