A Little Too Close to Home

March 1, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under my family

On Friday, Baby Bug and I visited our normal neighborhood grocery store to stock up for the coming week. We parked in our normal parking space, stopped at the shave ice place to buy a lollipop, and walked our usual route to the store. Little did we know what was about to happen.

When we came out of the store and tried to walk back the way we came, we were surprised to see that the entire area was blocked off with yellow police tape and law enforcement directing traffic in the other directions. Just a short time before, a stabbing took place in broad daylight.

They’re thinking it was a random attack.

Apparently, the victim had just got her hair cut and was planning to leave the area when she found out her car wouldn’t start. While she waited for someone to pick her up, she went to the shave ice store, bought some lunch, and ate it on a concrete bench that faced the parking lot. The suspect went to the store next door, bought a knife, and came back to stab her multiple times. She later died in the hospital.

I’m not sure what bothers me the most. Is it the idea that you could be sitting on a bench eating lunch one minute and then suddenly find yourself fighting for your life? Is it because it happened so close to my home? Or is it that Baby Bug and I just walked by that exact spot only 30 minutes earlier?

Whatever the reason, I’m just so relieved that my family is home safe and sound. What is this world coming to?

About the author:
Owner and founder of An Island Life. Sharing my life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.


56 Responses to “A Little Too Close to Home”
  1. susan says:

    Thank goodness you are all safe. I felt the same way when I heard the news. God bless her family and their enduring strength during this tragic time. There is lots of randomness going on today. How do we change it?

  2. NerdMom says:

    Unfortunately we can’t make sense of these crazy acts of violence and hopefully we never accept it as common place. I am grateful that you and your bug are safe. I thank God that you avoided not only being the victim but also avoided seeing it.

    Stay safe

  3. Sues2u2 says:

    Holy Cow. I think anytime we face our own mortality in such a ugly manner it’s our nature to sit back & take stock. The fact that it involved a young person who still had so much to live & was such a senseless random act is also horrific. And beyond that I will rejoice w/ you that your family is safe & mourn for the young woman & her family.

    Here in Arizona the violence is escalating from the drug wars in Mexico. It’s amazing the time we live in & raise our families in.

  4. Becky says:

    That was so terrifying! My husband and I watched the news of that random attack in horror. What’s going on with the random knifings here? First on Koko Head, and then in Ewa? Scary stuff.

  5. Pineapple Princess says:

    I’m so glad you guys are OK. That is some scary stuff!

  6. Grace @ Sandier Pastures says:

    I am always appalled by random killing sprees in the US or in Japan (where I previously resided). I can’t imagine the psychological status of the killer and the pain of the victims and the relatives they left behind.

    It’s scary. Take care! Glad to know you and BB are safe.

  7. Anne says:

    I’m thinking both would bother me. Wow do they know yet if the suspect knew the victim? That is so scary

  8. Jamie @ BlondeMomBlog says:

    That is horrible…so glad you all are OK. But I would be upset, too. Definitely too close to home!

    I always try to be very very aware of my surroundings when we’re out shopping but it’s tough when you have little ones distracting you.


  9. Amy @ Coffee with the Mrs. says:

    Oh, Kailani. That story gives me chills. I’m so grateful that you 2 were not only protected, but your little one’s eyes didn’t witness any part of the crime.

  10. melanie says:

    That is really scary! Glad to hear you are ok. hugs

  11. Mary @ Holy Mackerel says:

    Holy moly, that’s scary. WAAAY to close to home. Glad you’re ok.

  12. Renee says:

    Oh my! I’m so glad that you are both safe. I don’t know what else to say.


    your feelings are totally normal.

  13. Qtpies7 says:

    I know exactly how you are feeling. One day the kids and I drove into a drive thru and ordered. As we were waitng for our order, everyone in the restaurant ran to the windows on the opposite side of the restaurant. A man had shot another man in the head right on the other side of the restauarant. When we left, we had to drive past somene holding him and trying to stop the bleeding.
    The police and ambulance were there that fast, too. They were coming as we were leaving.
    If we had been 2 minutes later, we’d have been right there and saw it happen.

  14. Angie (Losing It and Loving It) says:

    Very scary! It’s horrible what this world is coming to. There are some sick people out there.

    I’m so glad you both are safe.

  15. valmg says:

    I’m glad you’re both safe.
    I’m sure it’s bothering you for all three reasons. It’s such a shame, the violence is so senseless.

  16. JenReg says:

    Oh my god…that is really scary. What a random act of violence…it makes one realize that were never really safe…I’m so glad you two are okay!

  17. SHartl says:

    It’s always such a shock when something like this happens close to home. I think we have a tendency to think of all that bad stuff as happening far, far away. I always get shaken when something horrible happens to someone I know or in a familiar place. It’s just a reminder to be vigilant and aware at all times. Sad but true.

  18. Karen L says:

    Yikes, that story is just horrible! I’m thinking though that it sounds like the guy might have known her. The fact that he went and bought a knife makes it sound like he knew her and had an agenda. I’m sure you’ll find out the details as they are investigated but what a terrible thing to happen.

  19. Holly Schwendiman says:

    Oh how scary! I hate it when bad things happen, especially when it hits so close to home and you realize how narrowly we escape violence every day. I’m so glad you’re all okay too!


  20. Muthering Heights says:

    That’s horrifying! That poor woman!!!

  21. Hillary says:

    How terrifying! That is too close to home.

  22. AmyG says:

    Holy Cow! That’s pretty scary. :( I’m glad you two are safe, though!

  23. sagemom says:

    Isn’t it so tragic and so super scary.

    I just feel for the husband and the little daughters.

  24. heatherlyn says:

    What IS the world coming to? That is TRAGIC. How random! I hope whoever did that is locked up in a place for insane people. But that doesn’t bring her back. I’m glad that you and your family are safe.

  25. Summer says:

    How heartbreaking. :( I’m so sad for her and her family. But so glad you are safe.

  26. Jennifer says:

    That is so scary!!

  27. Thao says:

    I have been reading on blogs about crimes so close to home. I would be shaken by this and so glad that you and family are safe.

  28. Naomi says:

    That is really horrible. I am glad you and your family are safe but so sad for the victim and her family.

  29. Carey says:

    That’s horrible. I’m so glad to hear that you and baby bug are safe.
    Praying for your town as they heal from this.

  30. Deborah at Coco Bonbons says:

    Oh my goodness!!! That must have you pretty shaken up. Amazing what a difference a few minutes can make. I am so glad you and little bug are okay. My heart goes out to that woman and her family.

  31. Rosie Scribble says:

    Gosh, that’s incredibly shocking. Makes you think. We really need to keep our families close to use, you never know what, or who, is round the corner.

  32. Cindy B. in Montana says:

    Wow, that is way too scary! You were just there and then this happened, that is too close. I guess it can serve as a reminder to all of us to always stay aware of your surroundings!

  33. jodi @ bpr says:

    So glad to hear that you guys are safe! Can only imagine how crazy it was to have that happen!

    We got a rare snow here in SC yesterday and a friend was in a major wreck trying to get to work – something like that happening to someone we know really strikes a cord and makes me remember how fortunate we all are and thankful for God’s protection!

  34. Baba says:

    That had to be so frightening. Glad you are safe.

  35. Pamela says:

    the random stuff is the scary.
    Usually mentally ill people — who were once locked up and we can’t keep them locked up because its a civil rights issue.

    No one seems to care about the civil rights of the people that are forever maimed or killed by them.


  36. jennifer says:

    That is terrifying. I’m glad you are okay. It does bring home how delicate life is

  37. HeatherY says:

    I’m sure you were shaken up. I know I would’ve been. Make you want to squeeze your Baby Bug a little tighter tonight! So glad you 2 are safe.

  38. Jen says:

    How very scary! I’m so sorry for this lady’s family… but I am very glad God protected you and your little one!!!

  39. Lisa says:

    How scary!! I’m glad you’re both ok.

  40. Autumn @ My MoonBean says:

    Oh what a creepy and scary thought! There are so many sick people in this world who have no value for human life, and it is really sad. I am so sorry you had to deal with that, but certainly thankful that you are both safe!

  41. Desert Songbird says:

    What a truly frightening experience. I’m so glad you were not the random victim.

  42. Rebecca says:

    I think when I was younger it might not have phased me much, just an inconvenience. Things really change when you get older and have a kid(s). Suddenly there is a whole lot more that seems to matter. Glad you all are safe!

  43. diana/sunshine says:

    how scary. we can use these incidents as reminders that we can’t take life for granted.

    did they catch the guy?

  44. desi says:

    Life…such a fragile thing. We always think we’re in control. We are as careful as we can be in our cars, our homes, ect. Then one crazy random thing or person snatches it all away.
    I’m glad you’re safe.

  45. Mandee says:

    That is just insane…..I just do not understand how someone can do that, what can be going through their head?? Glad to hear you are safe though!

  46. matt says:

    Hopefully they found the guy that did it…that’s just too crazy, and couldn’t imagine being in that same place just a short time before.

  47. Giselle says:

    My goodness, you poor thing! That’s so scary! I’ll keep that poor woman in my thoughts…

  48. Heather - Grab Bab Reviews says:

    How terrifying! What a blessing that you and the baby left when you did!

  49. Eryn says:

    That is so scary, I’m really sorry. A couple years ago, when Tommy was still in a front carrier, and my daughter in a stroller, we were on a weekend trip in Seattle to visit family.

    After shopping, we went to return to our car and got pinned between two men fighting and two city buses….I don’t think I’ve ever been so scared in my life, trying to protect both kids. We got not 10 more feet and one of the men shot the other.

    I haven’t been able to enjoy Seattle since!

    It’s been sort of a crumby week for you this week :(

  50. Natalie says:

    Its great to hear you are safe, but sad for the Hawaiian community. Lets hope this is not a regular occurence moving forward.

  51. Cindy Lietz, Polymer Clay Tutor says:

    Holy crap that’s scary! I feel for the girl and her family. I am very glad to hear you were not at the wrong place at the wrong time, like that poor girl. Take care of yourself and be grateful you are safe!

  52. BlapherMJ says:

    Unfortunately I know only too well how you feel…. Although some places are more secure than others, senseless acts of violence can occur anywhere….

  53. JHS says:

    Hi Kailani: So glad you and Baby Bug are o.k.

    When I was in college, I walked out of the bookstore and started across the quad. There was a guy with a gun walking along the sidewalk. He had just come out of the pub where he fired a couple of shots into the wall. Just as I looked up and noticed him, I saw several cops running up behind him. Before I knew it, they took him down and arrested him. It was pretty scary to think what might have happened, as there were lots of us in the area, and that campus had endured a terrible tragedy a couple of years earlier. So I get your feeling of “OMG, we could have been right there.” But you weren’t and that’s what it is best to focus on. Your guardian angels were watching over you. Thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the woman who was not so fortunate.

  54. The Rambler says:

    From Oahu, and was just sick about this story.

    My heart goes out to her husband and 2 children. Truly sad.

  55. Forgetfulone says:

    I’m glad you’re safe. For us, too close to home was a purse snatcher at the grocery store – yup – while we were there. I’ll probably blog about it soon. It’s a surreal experience.

  56. Ginny says:

    Wow that is totally crazy. I wonder what really happened, how scary.

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