Murder mystery solved on the Big Island

“Choked up. I’ve been looking forward to this day for seven-and-a-half months,” said Ted Royal, father.

It was the announcement two families have been waiting for. Who killed 25-year-old Brittany Jane Royal and what happened to her 22-year-old boyfriend Boaz Johnson?

“We have determined that she was murdered by Boaz Johnson,” Hawaii Police Department Assistant Chief Henry Tavares said.

The investigation began May 28, 2013, when police found Royal’s body floating in waters off of Kalapana.

The same day police filed a missing persons report for her boyfriend.

Johnson was then named their prime suspect in her murder.

Earlier this month, his body was discovered hanging in a tree. The same type of rope was used in the murder-suicide.

Johnson left behind a confession.

“A composition book found near Boaz body contained three handwritten pages. The writer ID’d himself as Boaz Johnson. He confessed to strangling Brittany while involved in a domestic dispute,” Tavares said.

Royal was 10 weeks pregnant when she was killed.

“I’m sad, sad for everyone that three lives were lost at the hands of one person. At the same point, there’s a sense of relief that we finally know,” said Julie Royal, Brittany’s mother.

Royal’s mom says for her daughter’s sake, she will not let anger fill her heart.

“Acceptance doesn’t mean I have to like it, but I want to honor Brittany’s wishes and not have hate in my heart, so I wont,” Julie Royal said.

Royal’s family wants their daughter remembered for her beautiful spirit.

“One evil act will never ruin the aloha spirit we’ve received and which Brittany so much loved,” Julie Royal said. “And she wanted to love and she wanted peace and she wanted to explore different cultures and know about different people. She’s doing that up in heaven.”

Royal’s mom says Johnson’s family has not contacted her since Tuesday’s news and doesn’t expect they will.

Royal’s family plans to return to Hawaii next month to hold another memorial.

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