Two bizarre cases happened this week and police believe they could be linked.
On Wednesday, homicide detectives were called to a condominium on Young St. in Moiliili shortly after a woman’s body was found on the first floor. Sources said she suffered from multiple stab wounds.
On Thursday, police reclassified the case from an unattended death to second-degree murder, but said they are not looking for a suspect.
The Honolulu Medical Examiner identified her Friday as 30-year-old Sheryll Lacson Filiaga and said she died from loss of blood due to a stab wound on her neck, and multiple “sharp force injuries” to her body.
Friends told KHON2 Filiaga was a real estate agent who had been working at Hawaii Five-0 Vacation Rentals for about four years. They said she had a bright future and will be sorely missed.
“She was an amazing person,” said Melissa Padilla. “She was the hardest worker I know, very, very creative and completely dedicated to her friends and her family.”
Padilla owns Maui-based Opihi Love Wedding & Event Design and told KHON2 Filiaga joined her business about nine months ago.
“I actually planned her wedding and then she found her passion and loved planning the wedding as well, so after her wedding she asked if I would be interested in working with her,” Padilla said. “I just knew the type of person she was, after becoming friends with her during the planning process, and quickly jumped at the opportunity for her to partner with me.
“She was the sweetest person you’ve ever met. She was super quiet and private, but she would’ve done anything for you and there’s not one… She doesn’t deserve this and it’s just devastating,” Padilla said.
Records show she was married to Eric Filiaga in 2008. Her husband filed for divorce which was granted in January 2013.
KHON2 spoke with family members of Eric Filiaga. They were distraught and said they had not seen or heard from him in several weeks.
According to sources, Sheryll Filiaga is the registered owner of the vehicle involved in a fiery crash on Kamehameha Hwy. in Central Oahu Monday night. The male driver of the vehicle was burned beyond recognition and has yet to be identified.
The medical examiner told KHON2 it will take about a week to identify the body.
(Photo: Melissa Padilla)