HAWAII COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
HILO CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION SECTION
DETECTIVE GREG ESTEBAN
OCTOBER 18, 2001
MEDIA RELEASE UPDATE
Hilo Criminal Investigation Section detectives reclassified a case as a murder investigation after a 51-year-old male victim died Thursday (October 18, 2001) of a gunshot wound.
The victim, Gaylon Baldado, was pronounced dead at 3:36 p.m. after undergoing surgery for his wound at the Hilo Medical Center.
The victim’s ex-wife, Genesis Eleakala Kauhi, 50, of a Baker Street residence, is being held in the Hilo police cellblock pending further investigation.
Responding to a 5:14 a.m. call of a shooting incident at a Keaukaha residence, police found the victim with a gunshot wound to his left abdomen area. Rescue personnel treated the victim and took him to the hospital.
Police learned that after being shot, the victim had gone to a neighbor’s house, told the occupants he was shot and asked them to call an ambulance.
After the victim died, detectives reclassified the case from an attempted murder to a murder investigation.
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