S'porean killed in Hawaii shot in the head

S'porean killed in Hawaii shot in the head
Ms Tara Irdawati Isnin met her husband in Singapore, drawn together by salsa dancing.

HAWAII - The Singaporean victim of a murder in Hawaii died after being shot in the head, the Honolulu medical examiner has determined.

The Hawaiian authorities told The Straits Times yesterday that 33-year-old Tara Irdawati Isnin died of "cranial cerebral injuries due to multiple gunshot wounds to the head".

Honolulu Police Department spokesman Teresa Bell said in a phone interview that the case has been classified as murder, and "there is only one suspect", whom Ms Bell could identify only as a 40-year-old man found with "apparent self-inflicted injuries" in the apartment where Ms Tara's body was discovered.

He is still in hospital and no arrest has been made, added Ms Bell.

The man is understood to be Leo Chavez, Ms Tara's American husband, a former United States Army serviceman.

Ms Tara had been a corporate-communications manager with real-estate company Savills before she left Singapore for the United States.

One of her cousins, who declined to be named, said she met Mr Chavez in Singapore about a year ago, while he was on sabbatical.

The cousin, a 35-year-old logistics coordinator, told The Straits Times: "They met because they shared similar interests in salsa dancing, and liked to hang out at a bar in Clarke Quay called Cuba Libre to dance."

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