Friends & family bid aloha to murder victim Mary Beth San Juan

It’s been almost two weeks since a Makiki woman was brutally attacked, and her body left in her driveway.

A funeral service was held Saturday evening for murder victim Mary Beth San Juan.

Many came to pay their respects and to say goodbye to a woman whom many say was humble and generous, always one to lend a helping hand and never judgmental.

“I’d like my mom to be remembered as first and foremost, a human being. And I know people were really struck by how kind and loving she was,” son Philip San Juan said.

Mary Beth San Juan was a realtor and an aspiring actress.

She also liked to paint.

“The only thing that’s special about it is that it came from her heart, just joy. She didn’t think I’m doing this style, she just felt it and did it,” Philip San Juan said.

She was also very spiritual.

“She would want to be remembered as a seeker of truth and a lover of divine love and of god,” friend Kalima Cayir said.

San Juan’s body was found the night of July 23rd.

It had been wrapped in carpet and left in the driveway of her home on Punahou Street.

The City Medical Examiner’s Office says San Juan died from multiple stab wounds.

It took police four days to catch a suspect.

Vernon Baker was arrested last weekend at Ala Moana Center on suspicion of murder.

Police found cocaine and meth in Baker’s bag.

Baker is described by police as an acquaintance of San Juan.

“I think in the earlier years he was someone she took under her wing then later it was more sporadic, that he would contact her when he needed something,” Cayir said.

On Thursday, a grand jury said there’s enough evidence for Baker to stand trial for San Juan’s murder.

“I know she was praying for him and wouldn’t want anybody to be punished, of course she would want people to be protected as well,” Cayir said.

Friends, family, and people in community have created a makeshift memorial in the area where San Juan’s body was found.

And the word “love” is now painted on the wall next to the driveway.

“I feel that although we will be sad that we won’t have the physical contact with her, she’s in a wonderful place now and I know she has touched so many people even after her passing,” Cayir said.

Mary Beth San Juan was 56-years-old.

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