Left: Elaine Ahu; Right: Rhonda Ahu
Detectives have charged a 34-year-old Hilo man for several offenses stemming from the shooting deaths of two Hilo women.
This evening (February 13) at 6:30 pm, after conferring with prosecutors, Sean Ivan Masa Matsumoto, was charged for first degree murder, two counts of second degree murder, three counts of use of a firearm in commission of a separate felony, and first degree reckless endangering. Matsumoto is being held without bail in the police cellblock pending his initial court appearance tomorrow (February 14).
Police have identified both victims as 74-year-old Elaine Ahu, of Hilo and her 45-year-old daughter Rhonda Lynn Alohalani Ahu, also of Hilo.
Sean Ivan Matsumoto pleaded not guilty Wednesday to killing 45-year-old Rhonda Lynn Alohalani Ahu, his girlfriend, and her mother, 74-year-old Elaine Ahu.
Police investigators say in court filings that Matsumoto on Feb. 11 called 911 and reported he had shot two people in his home.
According to family members, Elaine Ahu just celebrated her 74th birthday earlier this month. She shared the home on Leilani Street with her 45-year-old daughter Rhonda, Rhonda’s two kids and Rhonda’s boyfriend – the suspected murderer 34-year-old Sean Ivan Masa Matsumoto.
“He shot them in their head,” said Kayla Flores, who lives in another house on the same property as her Aunts, Elaine and Rhonda Ahu.
Flores says he was back at the Waiakea Houselots home by 2 p.m. and started an argument with Rhonda, his girlfriend of about 7 years.
“The last thing I heard him say was: ‘Tyler is not my son.’ And she said: ‘He is your son Sean.’ And then I just told her you’re going to have a long night,” described Flores, recalling the last thing she heard from the couple before she told them goodnight.
“Between 11 and 11:30—I was in my room. I heard the gunshot and then I ran out to my door then I heard the second gunshot, then I was going up the steps to wake up my mom there was the third gunshot,” said Flores. “So I woke up my Mom. I told her there’s gunshots next door, I think he’s killing them.”