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Victim in Waikiki fatal shooting was newlywed, friends say

By Gregg K. Kakesako

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LAST UPDATED: 12:03 p.m. HST, Oct 31, 2013


The Medical Examiner's office said the 33-year-old woman who was killed in her Waikiki condominium Monday died of cranial cerebral injuries caused by multiple gunshot wounds to the head.

The identity of the woman, who police said was killed in an apparent murder and attempted suicide, is still pending, the Medical Examiner's office said.

However, XINMSN news service and a Chinese newspaper reported that the victim is Tara Irdawati Isnin, who moved to Hawaii from Singapore with her newlywed husband, Leo Chavez, 40. The Consulate General in San Francisco also confirmed that the victim is Isnin.

According to Chinese evening paper Shin Min Daily News, the murder may have been triggered after the woman had asked for a divorce.

The Chinese newspaper reported that the 19th-floor crime scene was gruesome, with blood splattered along the hallway, living room and bedroom. Isnin's body was found on the sofa with multiple bruises.

Isnin was a corporate communications manager with real estate company Savills, the newspaper reported.

Isnin's friends said the couple married in Hawaii in early August after a relationship that was only about a year long.

After the wedding, Isnin returned to Singapore briefly to prepare for her permanent move to Hawaii.

Her friends told the newspaper that Isnin was contemplating divorce even before she returned to Hawaii, and they speculated that this may have led to her death.

Shin Min Daily News said Isnin's brother is preparing to fly in to Hawaii to claim her body.

Friends told the newspaper that on Saturday Isnin said she was at her "wits end" and had planned to return back to Singapore Nov. 5 because she was not able to tolerate being with her husband.

One friend told the newspaper that although Isnin appeared to be happy in the numerous pictures she posted online, her friend wondered if she was truly happy, but decided not pursue the issue because the victim was a naturally optimistic person who believed that "love conquers all."

The friend described Chavez as possessive, demanding that his wife report her every move to him.

Isnin had a 4-year-old child from a previous marriage with an Australian man whom she married in 2006, the Chinese paper reported. The daughter is living with her father in Singapore.

Police Capt. Lisa Mann has said there are no other suspects in the apparent murder-and-attempted-suicide case.

City Emergency Medical Services personnel said the couple both had gunshot wounds.

Paramedics took the man to the Queen's Medical Center from the 100-unit Ala Wai Townhouse condominium at 2421 Ala Wai Blvd. after being called to the building about 4:25 a.m. Monday.

Police said the injured male remains hospitalized and no charges have been filed.

Two Army criminal investigators also were called to the scene Monday. One of them said they were there because the man involved was believed to be a soldier.

An Army spokeswoman at Schofield Barracks referred all questions to the Army Criminal Investigation Command in Arlington, Va., which declined to comment, except to say that is was working with Honolulu detectives. An Army investigator at the crime scene said he didn't believe the suspect used a service handgun.

A friend of the woman, who declined to be named, told the XINMSN news service that Isnin intended to move her daughter over after she "settled down" in Honolulu.

The victim and her husband lived alone in the Hawaii apartment, the news service reported.

Police said they are investigating reports of gunshots that were heard in the area prior to being called to the scene early Monday. Ala Wai canal residents said they heard gunshots a few days before Monday.







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cojef wrote:
Leo Chavez must be in the military??
on October 31,2013 | 08:43AM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
SA should proof read what the SA writes...........the victim was killed, but also the victim remains hospitalized?
on October 31,2013 | 10:31AM
busterb wrote:
Welcome to America
on October 31,2013 | 08:56AM
PokeStop wrote:
Leo got scammed by this broad! Couldn't take it and blew her away!
on October 31,2013 | 09:11AM
allie wrote:
yikes..scary!
on October 31,2013 | 10:06AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Yikes! Scary! Waikiki, Singapore, military. It could've happened anywhere in the world. all lie, sorry for you, so paranoid.
on October 31,2013 | 02:10PM
808Warriors wrote:
Really? that's all you got? "yikes ... scary!" Please leave.
on October 31,2013 | 02:58PM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Whoa big guy, maybe she was the one "scammed", you know the dude acted all nice-nice until after the wedding then the hooks came out.
on October 31,2013 | 11:14AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Huh? She was a manager for one of the world biggest real estate firms. And he was at Schofield? I don't know who got scammed. She probably was making 10 times his pay. Oh right, she wanted commissary privileges. Yeah ,that's it.
on October 31,2013 | 01:35PM
sak wrote:
She wanted a Visa!
on October 31,2013 | 02:12PM
false wrote:
And what did he want? Night and day? And lunch? And breakfast?
on November 1,2013 | 05:00AM
HD36 wrote:
Singapore has the highest percentage of millionaires per person. The country is one of the lowest taxed in the world. It has one of the lowest crime rates. Why would she marry this guy to become a citizen of the largest debtor nation in the history of the world?
on October 31,2013 | 05:14PM
mitt_grund wrote:
The guy appears to have turned out to be a real sc*mbag. What is that mystique or myth about latin lovers? She made a mistake and ends up dead. And of course the macho types on this blog defend the right of the guy to blow her away. Hey, status-wise and salary-wise, who was scamming whom?

He's probably going to plead PTSD. First the guy who blows away whole families of Afghanis while they are sleeping, then the sergeant on leave who does in a visiting prostitute, and now this. Notice a trend -- military types who can't control their rage? I can see his defense already. Probably get acquitted by the court martial and receive a purple heart for injuries received while dealing with a foreign combatant.


on November 1,2013 | 02:44AM
false wrote:
Their are a lot of those around and it starts really young. There must be a male training school for that.
on November 1,2013 | 05:01AM
false wrote:
Nanakuli hope Chavez doesn't find anyone in your family to marry. Men! Only one thing they're after. Too bad they can't hold onto their end of the bargain.
on November 1,2013 | 04:59AM
FinzyKontini wrote:
Something something YIKES!
on October 31,2013 | 09:32AM
MariaBetty wrote:
Sad. October is domestic violence month.
on October 31,2013 | 09:37AM
busterb wrote:
Maybe they should rename it be nice to your spouse month. Chavez might have taken it literally.
on October 31,2013 | 01:06PM
Mythman wrote:
Sounds like a nightmare - good thing the little girl has a father in another country to take care of her. God bless them.
on October 31,2013 | 09:50AM
aaronkwills wrote:
a murder- attempted suicide, what the hell does that mean? Did he kill her, did she shoot herself while trying to kill someone else? This story made little to no sense! So she is in the hospital! why is it titled murder-attempted suicide? lost!
on October 31,2013 | 10:13AM
IAmSane wrote:
Are you for real? He allegedly murdered her and then attempted suicide on himself. Murder-attempted suicide.
on October 31,2013 | 10:27AM
PokeStop wrote:
What was your SAT Reading score? Must not have been high!
on October 31,2013 | 10:32AM
Poipounder808 wrote:
Seriously…was it that hard to follow? LOL!
on October 31,2013 | 10:44AM
NanakuliBoss wrote:
Aaron, you are you at Schofield too. Okay, no explanation needed.
on October 31,2013 | 01:37PM
awahana wrote:
Not enough people know how to identify a Borderline individual. We need more awareness of this mental illness that affects so many in the islands.
Sounds like the victim recognized something was wrong, and was planning her escape from a bad situation, but didn't know about BPD and thus needed to move quickly.
We all have heard about things like ADHD, Narcissistic, Neurotic, Obsessive, Psychotic, etc. but we would all heed well, if we knew how to identify someone with BPD, and know how to deal, or avoid what can be a nightmare relationship, or tragedy.
Individuals with BPD can ruin your life.
http://goo.gl/26R04w
http://hpr2.org/post/body-show-101413-borderline-personality-disorder
on October 31,2013 | 10:38AM
Mythman wrote:
Amen, to BPD awareness.....
on October 31,2013 | 12:47PM
false wrote:
And women shouldn't be beguiled into all of that Nicey NIcey for show. Get real when when the glam is too good. It isn't....real.
on November 1,2013 | 05:49AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
Leave it to a Chinese newspaper to do a better job of investigative reporting than the SA. Its great that the word alleged is not in their vocabulary. I can't believe that I pay for this local rag....
on October 31,2013 | 10:54AM
allie wrote:
yup
on October 31,2013 | 02:14PM
Mei mei wrote:
Poor thing, these "mail order brides" don't quite work out and the outcome is tragic....
on October 31,2013 | 04:26PM
HD36 wrote:
"Mail order Brides" are typically from third world countries. Singapore has more millionaires as a percentage of population than anywhere in the world. The United States is the largest debtor nation in the history of the world.
on October 31,2013 | 05:24PM
HD36 wrote:
Median net worth in Singapore is $95,542. Median net worth United States $38,786 Zero Hedge.com 2012 stats.
on October 31,2013 | 05:43PM
kekelaward wrote:
Good thing there are Chinese reporters around to let us know what's happening in Honolulu....
on October 31,2013 | 06:03PM
sailfish1 wrote:
She didn't even know this guy and still married him. Big mistake.
on October 31,2013 | 07:15PM
Eradication wrote:
There are some very cruel people posting here. A human life was taken and all you have to say is that someone "scammed" someone? You people are sick.
on October 31,2013 | 11:25PM
false wrote:
Such a pretty girl. She should have stayed in Singapore. Today there are so many ways to check up on someone. Glad to be an old person. All this electronic searching is going to make everyone so transparent. No more secrets.
on November 1,2013 | 05:46AM
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