HONOLULU — The mother of a 17-year-old girl who died in a double suicide filed a restraining order against the 44-year-old man who the girl took her own life with outside an Oahu resort, according to court documents.
Emergency personnel responded Friday night to the Turtle Bay Resort to find the teen and Shane Francisco on the ground in the parking lot. They were taken to a hospital and later died, Hawaii News Now reported (http://bit.ly/2duscIq).
The Honolulu Medical Examiner’s Office determined they both died of gunshot wounds to the head and ruled their deaths suicides.
According to court records, the girl’s mother had sought a protection order against the man last October. She said her daughter’s relationship with Francisco may have started when the girl was 13 or 14.
The case has prompted concerns from domestic violence advocates, such as Nanci Kreidman, who questioned why Francisco didn’t face criminal charges for having a sexual relationship with a minor.
“Possibly this young woman would be alive today,” said Kreidman with the Domestic Violence Action Center. “Possibly, he could have gotten the help he needed and his family wouldn’t be destroyed, his children would still have their father.”
Kawika Rogers, the girl’s recent boyfriend, told Hawaii News Now the 17-year-old girl appeared to be in an abusive relationship with Francisco.
“There were a lot of issues with him and her and he was just trying to work his way into her life,” Rogers said. “She was trying to get away from the guy because I know he was causing problems.”
Information from: KGMB-TV, http://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/