Friends of woman murdered in Puna 7 years ago remember her as ‘caring,’ ‘always smiling’

Two friends of Kaycee Smith, a 21-year-old Hawaii Island woman who was murdered seven years ago in Puna are speaking out.

Police finally named a suspect in her death on Friday, but that suspect is still on the loose.

Patricia Wong, also known as Patricia Hanoa, was indicted for the murder of Smith who was found shot in the head in her Orchidlands Estate home in 2009.

KHON2 spoke with two friends, both classmates, and one a roommate of four years.

The roommate Sarah Oda said Smith’s nickname was “Bug,” and describes her as always smiling, fiercely loyal to friends and very caring.

She said she was shocked when she heard of Smith’s murder and is glad that now there is hope for justice.

“You know, at first, I was just thankful that they finally found someone that they could tie to her death. At the same time, I was just so upset, because how could this woman do this to another woman and her child,” said Oda said by phone.

Another friend, Kaimikila Moraes, said the emotions following the news of her death years ago are still fresh in his mind.

“It was shocking. This is the kind of thing that happens elsewhere in the world to faithless people, and the fact that it happened to somebody who is the least deserving out of the people I know,” said Moraes.

“The world is a little darker without her,” he added.

If you have information on the whereabouts of Patricia Wong, call Hawaii Island police.

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