Former husband recalls slain woman
Trina Marie Ormeno, 27, was a doting mother of three.
She had made plans to spend time with her kids on Saturday, but was found dead in her apartment with a gunshot wound in her lower chest.
"I don't know why she got to leave like this," said her ex-husband, George Ormeno. "Part of me, part of my kids is just gone. I love her all my heart. She was a good person."
Police opened an unattended-death case in connection with the incident but have said the incident is being investigated as a homicide. They suspect Ormeno was killed sometime between 9:30 p.m. Friday and 1:30 a.m. Saturday.
George Ormeno and the victim divorced last November but remained friends.
"She was a happy mom with the kids," he said. "Family was first for her."
He is trying to help their children -- Jasmin, 7, Keoki, 5, and Joel, 3 -- understand what happened.
"They're still in shock."
Ormeno, a native of Peru, met Trina Ormeno in Honolulu about nine years ago and married her five years later. A Big Island native, she came to Honolulu about 10 years ago and worked as a paralegal before becoming a housewife with the couple's first child.
She had a love for languages and taught herself Spanish from a textbook, Ormeno said. She could speak several languages, including Japanese, Hawaiian and Tongan.
Trina's sister, Memorie Rodriguez, said she loved to dance, sing karaoke and spend weekends at the beach with the kids. Rodriguez ruled out suicide.
"She would never do that to her children," she said.
Other survivors include brother Daniel Seguerre III, mother Elizabeth Lani Holt-Butler and father Daniel Seguerre Jr.