Family and Friends Remember Hawaiian Woman Killed in New Years Eve Shooting Near the Las Vegas Strip | News
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – The 66-year-old Hawaiian woman who was shot and killed on New Years Eve at a Las Vegas mall is remembered for her generosity and kindness.
Clarice Yamaguchi, from Waipahu, died after a botched robbery at the Fashion Show Mall. Two men have been arrested in connection with the shooting and remain behind bars.
They are also believed to be the suspects in a second fatal shooting on the same day.
“My heart hurts so much. My life will never be the same, ”Cheryl Harimoto, Yamaguchi’s daughter, said in a statement to Hawaii News Now.
The statement continued:
She was not only my mother but also my best friend. I miss her so much. We all do. She was loved by so many people.
Thank you very much for the love and support from everyone at home and in Las Vegas. It was really difficult. The outpouring of love and support has been unbelievably incredible.
We appreciate each other’s prayers, we feel the love.
My mother wouldn’t like this attention. But if it was different, she would be the first to help. I want to fight for her. I will do whatever I can to fight for her.
In a Facebook post, family friends also remembered Yamaguchi as “the sweetest wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, friend and colleague to anyone who knew her.” .
“She has always been so kind, gentle and generous,” they added.
Las Vegas Police said the shooting in the mall parking lot occurred around 1:30 p.m. on New Years Eve. Witnesses said a man got out of a car, approached Yamaguchi and tried to steal it. She was with her husband and they were just getting out of their vehicle when they were approached by the suspect.
The family are considering sending letters to the judge in the case asking that the suspects not be released on bail.
Those wishing to help are urged to send their letters to the judge by email to [email protected] by Friday.
This is a developing story. Please check for updates.
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