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Shooting victim noted for 'big smile'

By Star-Advertiser staff


A service for the Kailua man allegedly shot by an off-duty federal agent in Waikiki last week will be held Wednesday, a day before the suspect is scheduled to make his first court appearance.

Visitation for Kollin Kealii Elderts, 23, is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Hawaiian Memorial Park Mortuary in Kaneohe. The service is at 11:30 a.m.

Elderts died Saturday after being shot at about 3 a.m. during an altercation with the off-duty agent, police said.

Christopher Deedy, a State Department special agent here to help with security for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, was charged with second-degree murder and using a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was placed on paid leave following the shooting and released from jail after posting $250,000 bail. His initial court hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

Friends who paid tribute to Elderts on Facebook remembered the Kalaheo High School graduate as an upbeat person quick to lift others' spirits. "I could never forget your wonderful personality and your big smile," wrote one.

The mortuary listed Elderts' occupation as a laborer.

Elderts is survived by parents Kendall and Jenell Elderts, mother Eydie Shelley and brothers Zachary Elderts, Justin I. and Keola Bruhn, Cameron and Donovan Shelley, and Jaren and James Elderts-Bruhn.

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sleepy wrote:
Deedy' face book says what a good shot he is.
on November 11,2011 | 03:33AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
News reports that the victim had been drinking, and tests showed that he was intoxicated when he was murdered. The shooter refused to let our police determine how much he had been drinking before the murder. The victim didn't have that choice.
on November 11,2011 | 06:09AM
BRock wrote:
And what is your point?
on November 11,2011 | 06:41AM
false wrote:
J Edgar said that agents on or off duty didn't drink. The role of department agents requires the best judgment for any situation. Their role represents and an expected standard of the the highest degree as representatives of the government. We are all saddened by the choices and challenges these young men were drawn to. Their families have lost two sons. We have lost our sense of safety in a fast food short-stop at 2 am.
on November 11,2011 | 02:30PM
mrluke wrote:
For someone who usually seems to preach fair and objective consideration of issues, you appear to be taking this personally and treating it as an "Us" vs. "Them" situation. Do you have first hand knowledge of this case that none of us do? What's with this rush-to-judgment?
on November 11,2011 | 01:41PM
allie wrote:
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on November 11,2011 | 06:59AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
I've been following the SA fairly closely and did not see where they reported that Elderts was a chronic. Can you advise as to the day and title of the SA article that said this?
on November 11,2011 | 02:58PM
Kaisei wrote:
I didn't see any stories about drugs in his system. The only stories I read stated that he had been drinking. Where are you getting your info? This story is about his smile and the joy that he brought to people. Celebrate his life, celebrate the memories... RIP Kollin Elderts...
on November 11,2011 | 08:17PM
saveparadise wrote:
Drugs and alchohol is a recipe to bring out a person's dark side. May your friends take note and not follow in your footsteps so that you did not die in vain. Your own karma sealed your destiny. RIP young man. What a waste of life.
on November 11,2011 | 10:41AM
al_kiqaeda wrote:
I noticed that the pictures of the victim holding a bottle of beer have been removed from the SA's archives.
on November 11,2011 | 12:42PM
Changalang wrote:
The downside of living on an island is that the web of connections is always closer than it seems. It is positive under good news, and heart breaking under others.
on November 11,2011 | 02:44PM
cojef wrote:
Senseless tragedy where 2 young men's lives have been altered, one by death and the other a torment of having slain another human being during an altercation that should have not happened. Perhaps the living will suffer the most as he is only 23 years young. The other whose life was snuffed out, what adventures lay ahead. Feel for both families who must carry the burden that their children lives could have had a happier beginning, instead of the tragic events that took place.
on November 11,2011 | 04:03PM
Changalang wrote:
The original article from H Reporter now has a detraction, "Editor's Note: The original version of this story incorrectly reported that Elderts threatened Deedy with a knife. " The HPD detectives did review the McDonald's surveillance video before the Honolulu Prosecutor's office charged the Federal agent. Just keeping it real as the story changes.
on November 12,2011 | 10:25AM
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