Hawaii teen murdered in Vegas

(Photo/video of Las Vegas scene courtesy FOX5.)

A Hawaii family is grieving after their loved one was murdered in Las Vegas.

On Sunday, Las Vegas police say 18-year-old Issachar Akaka was at a house party with friends when a fight broke out. After the scuffle, Akaka and his friends drove away.  But police say a short time later, they were confronted on the road, and shots were fired at them.

Akaka died at the hospital – leaving his family in Hawaii searching for answers.  The 18-year-old was the youngest of six children.  He had just flown back to Vegas after spending two months with family on Oahu.  Las Vegas police have opened a murder investigation into Akaka’s death.  According to the Clark County coroner’s office, Akaka died of a gunshot wound to the torso.

On Wednesday night, KHON2 spoke to an older sister of the victim, who described her brother as someone who protected his friends and family, and was a gifted musician.

“The (suspect’s) car caught up to them at a stop sign, and they kept unloading the gun,” said Brelei Maa-Akaka.  She wept when she said her young brother “would write his own songs. He could play everything – piano, drums, guitar, ukulele.  He just wanted to spread the Aloha to everyone in Vegas and all his friends.”

Maa-Akaka added that “those people who took his life – if they got to know him, they would love him, too.”

Three other passengers in the car with Akaka were shot – they were treated at the hospital. The driver of the car Akaka was in was able to get to a convenience store and call for help.  So far, Las Vegas police have not made any arrests, but are asking witnesses to come forward.

Akaka’s sister said Issachar had gone to Vegas to live with his mother – and to see if he could bring his girlfriend back to Hawaii.  Funeral arrangements are pending.

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