Son's death still traumatizes dad
Murder charges are filed in last week's North Shore shooting
With his son's accused murderer arrested and charged, William Ching is still haunted by the shooting even as the rest of the family feels relief.
"I have trouble sleeping at night," said the 64-year-old Ching, father of victim Dillon Ching.
Dustin Jimenez, 21, of Wahiawa was charged yesterday with second-degree murder and is being held in lieu of a $1 million bail.
In Saturday's incident the Ching family gathered at their home while another group of about 40 people were partying and drinking across the street at the surf spot known as Log Cabins.
The father said he has heard the fight grew out of a rivalry between Wahiawa and Haleiwa boys. Witnesses at the scene said Dillon Ching was not involved in the fracas and was merely trying to move his wife and son to safety.
He was shot through the lung at 11:52 p.m. and died en route to Wahiawa General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 1:07 a.m. Sunday.
Two witnesses identified Jimenez as the shooter, and police arrested him Tuesday at his Ohai Place apartment, court documents state.
William Ching said although he is still troubled about violence coming to his doorstep, the family's fears are somewhat lifted since the arrest.
"It's a little easier for the family knowing he's been caught and charged," he said. "We're getting better."
Jimenez was known to police for some drug involvement, and allegedly eluded officers by cutting off his waist-long hair. He has been convicted of disorderly conduct, driving without a license and criminal trespassing in the past two years.
Ching's slaying was the second shooting death last week. Benjamin Grajeda, 27, was shot on Kaneohe Bay Drive on May 14.