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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, December 1, 2002

Police Beat

Advertiser Staff

Hawai'i woman dies in shooting

A University of Washington student fatally shot on Thanksgiving in Tacoma, Wash., has been identified as Kimberly Riley, 19, of Hawai'i.

Riley and a 5-year-old boy were fatally wounded when an unknown gunman fired into a home. Two others survived their gunshot wounds.

The gunman stood on the front lawn and opened fire at close range into a crowd inside the home, according to neighbors, who said they heard about eight gunshots in rapid succession.

One witness reported seeing a pickup truck leaving the cul-de-sac after the shooting with its lights off, police spokesman Jim Mattheis said. Police had no description of the suspect or possible motive.

At least three generations of one family lived in the split-level home, neighbors said.

The Pierce County medical examiner identified the other victim as Jeremy Vayiathaong, 5. The boy died at a hospital Thursday night and Riley died early Friday.

Harmony Spencer, 20, suffered a gunshot to the abdomen, and her brother Jeff Spencer, 22, was shot in the leg. Both were recovering at Tacoma General Hospital.

Pacific Heights burglar sought

Honolulu police are asking for the public's help in identifying a man who burglarized a Pacific Heights Road home in July.

A woman was asleep in her bedroom July 24 when she awoke at 11:30 p.m. and saw a man entering the room. He turned and jumped out the living room window with stolen items.

A witness chased the burglar in the makai direction on Pacific Heights Road, but he got away and was last seen on Booth Road.

He is described as a thin man in his 40s, 6 feet tall, 160 pounds, with short, dirty blond-gray hair, light-colored eyes and a pale complexion. He wore a camouflage shirt and pants, work shoes and carried a crowbar.

Anyone with information can call Detective Walter Calistro at 547-7213. Anonymous calls can be made to CrimeStoppers at 955-8300, or *CRIME on a cellular phone.