West side deals with spectre of killings

HANAPEPE – The stabbing murder of a 43-year-old Maui woman whose body was

found at Pakala Beach last Wednesday has pulled a curtain of fear over towns in

West Kaua’i.

In the wake of the discovery of the body of Daren R. Singer,

residents have curtailed recreational activities, warned their children to

travel in groups and asked police to step up their investigations.

In the

event his grandchildren are threatened, Hanapepe resident, Anthony Agor, an

Army veteran, said he would use weapons to protect them.

The fear of

residents has intensified following two other brutal attacks against women in

West Kauai since April.

“I was scared when the first one happened, now I am

really afraid,” said a 68-year-old ‘Ele’ele woman who asked to remain

anonymous.

Residents said they don’t believe the murder was race-related,

although the victims in the three incidents are Caucasian and are of slim

build.

All of them might have been targeted because they were in remote

areas, said one 31-year-old Hanapepe woman who camped out with her family at

the Lucy Wright Park in Waimea.

“We don’t want two dead haole women, or any

dead women,” she said.

The women were killed and assaulted because they

travel alone, said one local woman at the Ele’ele Shopping Center.

“They

weren’t killed because they were haole,” she said. “They just didn’t use any

common sense.”

The fact that the victim were only Caucasian didn’t give

any comfort to another local woman from ‘Ele’ele.

” The victims may have

all been haole, but this guy could turn on other people,” said the woman, who

not be identified. “You can never tell what could happen.”

The incident

left him shocked because he didn’t think heinous crimes were likely to be

committed in West Kaua’i, where people know one another, are friendly and watch

out for another, said Eddie Keopuhiwa, 55 of Hanama’ulu, who camped out at Salt

Pond Park with his family during the Labor Day weekend.

Hanapepe

residents Maude Agor and her husband, Anthony, said the brutal crimes have

stripped away a sense of safety that once was found in West Kaua’i.

Rottweiler and pit bulls dogs guard their home in Hanapepe, and, Anthony Agor,

an Army veteran, said he is armed and will use weapons to protect his family as

a last resort.

Ashley Broyles, a senior at Waimea High School, said the

murder is on the minds of many students at the school and that she won’t travel

to unfamiliar places without company.

One local lady said she was scared

when the first murder was committed, and has become “really scared” following

the murder o f Singer, whose identity was confirmed Friday by Kaua’i police.

Singer suffered multiple stab wounds, according to authorities. She was

in Kaua`i surfing and had evidently been camping alone, police said.

On

Saturday, some Kauai police officers reportedly canvassed the areas on

horseback as part of their investigation into the murder.

No suspects had

been arrested by Saturday.

Singer is the third diminutive Caucasian woman

to be stabbed on the west side of Kaua`i since April 7, when the partially nude

body of Lisa Bissell, 38, was discovered in a ditch at Polihale State

Park.

A 52-year old Kekaha woman was also attacked at a beachside home in

Kekaha in May. She suffered multiple stab wounds, but survived the

attack.

Staff writer Lester Chang can be reached at 245-3681 (ext.

225) and lchang@pulitzer.net

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