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Homeless man dies from injuries suffered in Chinatown assault

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:02 a.m. HST, Dec 06, 2013

Detectives have opened a murder investigation into the death of an 83-year-old homeless man who was taken to the hospital Tuesday with severe head injuries after he was beaten in Chinatown.

Police said that Mamerto "Eddie" Semana died Thursday night at the hospital.

An ambulance was called at 3:24 a.m. Tuesday to College Walk and Kukui Street where Semana was found unconscious. Police believe the assault occurred four hours earlier.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 955-8300 or *CRIME on a cellphone.

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HAJAA1 wrote:
Deadly town side
on December 6,2013 | 06:50AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
HA, who you kidding? Your side too.
on December 7,2013 | 05:05AM
paniolo wrote:
So sad. My ALOHA to his ohana if he has any. He was living on the streets and someone beats up an elderly man. No guts. I hope they catch his killer soon. Put the person/persons away for life.
on December 6,2013 | 07:07AM
cojef wrote:
Ditto if the assaulter has any conscience, he should come forward and admit o his crime.
on December 6,2013 | 07:20AM
busterb wrote:
No one that beats a 80 year old to death has a conscience.
on December 6,2013 | 09:06AM
HanabataDays wrote:
What a pathetic society we live in, that allows an 83-year-old man to go homeless.
on December 6,2013 | 07:19AM
eoe wrote:
Got a spare bedroom?
on December 6,2013 | 11:19AM
RetiredWorking wrote:
Hana, step forward, adopt an old homeless guy.
on December 7,2013 | 05:06AM
saveparadise wrote:
Our government forces us to pay for a train and allocates land for "affordable housing". Affordable for who? Paid for politicians live lavishly and make decisions in favor of their own special interests. There should be no 83 year old homeless persons.
on December 6,2013 | 07:38AM
MakaniKai wrote:
You tell em saveparadise. I feel sad for Uncle. He should not have been out on the streets; my God what is this island coming to?
on December 6,2013 | 11:17AM
iwanaknow wrote:
No family to step up?
on December 6,2013 | 08:11AM
busterb wrote:
If families stepped up, there wouldn't be homeless. The only way you will see their faces is if he had a secret stash of cash to fight over.
on December 6,2013 | 09:05AM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Because of Hawai'i's spirit of Ohana--there's way fewer homeless individuals living on our streets, in parks and on beaches--since our hidden homeless number in the tens of thousands. Most people I know are either grown adult children living with their parents/grandparents--or vice versa--parents/grandparents living with their children. I'm pretty sure the same is true with most residents here on Oahu.
on December 6,2013 | 02:42PM
RetiredWorking wrote:
When I retire, I'm gonna bounce between my son and my daughter's house.
on December 7,2013 | 05:10AM
wahine wrote:
That's messed up! RIP sir. Condolences and prayers to the victim's family.
on December 6,2013 | 09:01AM
Bully wrote:
The homeless and the crazies are not that nice to each other.
on December 6,2013 | 09:25AM
tigerwarrior wrote:
In my humble opinion--I believe the vast majority of homeless individuals have a mutual respect for each other. Sure--they may get into verbal confrontations--or even a bit of shoving--yet very rarely does a homeless individual severely beat another homeless individual to death in Chinatown. For starters--I would question/interrogate the gang of teens/twenty year old group that hang around Chinatown, who are known to pick fights with homeless individuals. Any businessman or resident who lives in Chinatown probably knows what group I am talking about. Not sure if there are any CCTV cameras in the area and most of the shops in the area are closed at the alleged time of the beating. There is a large group of people who gather on College Walk (located near the Chinese Cultural Plaza)--yet I believe most leave the area by 10:30 p.m. or so. So perhaps the only possible witnesses in the area were other homeless, prostitutes (who are known to converge near Kukui Street/Aala Street intersection after dark), drug dealers, Johns, etc. Hopefully someone in the neighboring housing project (formerly known as Kukui Gardens) witnessed what happened.
on December 6,2013 | 02:58PM
awahana wrote:
4 hours? How come? I hope we get to see the scumbags on the news soon.
on December 6,2013 | 10:54AM
awahana wrote:
4 hours? How come? I hope we get to see the s-c-u-m-b-a-g-s on the news soon.
on December 6,2013 | 10:55AM
kuewa wrote:
Mr. Semana is listed as arriving from Manila in 1955, when he was 25 years old, and living on Moani St as of 1993. Whatever happened to him that left him homeless is undoubtedly a sad story, and it is equally sad that we live in a society where an 83 year old is homeless and vulnerable to being assaulted and murdered.
on December 6,2013 | 11:34AM
Keonaona1212 wrote:
So sad how he lived and died. God bless him.
on December 6,2013 | 12:31PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
I believe this is the second homeless individual who has died from a violent assault within the past few weeks in Chinatown. A few weeks ago--another man was reputedly stabbed to death--just one block away near Aala Park. I say reputed because this fatal stabbing has not made the news.
on December 6,2013 | 02:37PM
OnlyChrist wrote:
My heartfelt prayers and condolences to 'Tata'. No more sorrow, no more tears. May he rest in peace. May his killer come to repentence and a saving knowledge of Christ, Who forgives
on December 6,2013 | 02:50PM
Adam1105 wrote:
My comment may sound heartless to some ... but let's build a" tent city" on 15 acres of Oahu with showers and sinks and facilities and bus service so that the homeless can find jobs and work their way back into society. (Why tents -- because actual accommodation is so expensive -- affordable housing is rare and in big demand.)
on December 6,2013 | 03:00PM
tigerwarrior wrote:
Whether it's building tent cities or trailer parks--we've got to do something about the homeless crisis.
on December 6,2013 | 03:47PM
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