Singaporean murdered in Hawaii: Divorce request may have triggered shooting

Singaporean murdered in Hawaii: Divorce request may have triggered shooting
According to Chinese evening paper Shin Min Daily News, the murder may have been triggered after the woman had asked for a divorce.

Barely a month after she relocated to Hawaii, a Singaporean woman was shot and killed by her American husband.

According to Chinese evening paper Shin Min Daily News, the murder may have been triggered after the woman had asked for a divorce.

Hawaiian authorities received a call at 4:30am local time on Monday morning (10:30 Singapore time) about a Singaporean woman, Ms Tara Irdawati Isnin, 33, who was shot dead by her her husband, Leo Chavez, 40, at the 19th floor of an apartment block located in Honolulu.

Reports by media outlets in Hawaii said that Ms Tara was pronounced dead on the spot by ambulance personnel who first responded to the scene. The police were notified immediately after the medical personnel found Mr Chavez unconscious, as well as several suspicious clues.

It was also reported that the scene was gruesome, with blood splattered along the hallway, living room and bedroom. Ms Tara was found motionless on the sofa with multiple bruises.

The murder suspect was also found unconscious with a gunshot wound. He has since been detained in the hospital.

Murder suspect shot himself in the face in suicide attempt

A day before the murder happened, two gun shots were heard from the area.

Ms Tara's neighbours told reporters that they did not hear any guns shots on the day that the murder was discovered, but had heard two shots between 9pm on Saturday night and 3am in the wee hours of Sunday morning.

Hawaiian police who investigated the shots found nothing amiss. Authorities are now investigating if the gun shots heard on Saturday night are related to Monday's murder.

The police were again activated on Monday morning after ambulance personnel found the alleged murderer unconscious with a bullet wound to his right cheek. A weapon at the scene was seized for investigations. It is believed that the suspect, Mr Chavez, attempted suicide after murdering his wife.

Hawaiian news outlets reported that Mr Chavez was serving in the US Army. A US Army criminal investigation officer was also on scene to investigate the murder.

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