Ewa Beach couple dies
Apparent murder-suicide shocks neighbors
Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide after a married couple was found dead in their Ewa Beach home.
The pair, identified by neighbors and family as Domingo "Bunny" and Della Dikito, was found dead with gunshot wounds at their home on 91-1635 Kaukolu St.
At 11:51 p.m. Friday, neighbors in the area called police reporting what sounded like gunshots coming from the home.
When police arrived, they found 38-year-old Della Dikito in the first-floor bathroom, dead with gunshot wounds.
Police also found her 39-year-old husband dead in the garage with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Neighbors in the area reported hearing about seven shots ring out. A gun was recovered at the scene. Bullet holes were visible at the home's garage door.
The couple is survived by their three daughters and a son. Domingo Dikito's family declined to comment yesterday. Neighbors said two of the children were at a nearby home at the time of the incident, while the other two were on Maui.
The Dikitos' neighbor, 67-year-old George Uemoto, was returning home just past midnight when he saw blue flashing lights and an ambulance near his home.
"The ambulance came, and the ambulance left empty," he said. "Right then I knew they were dead."
The Uemotos moved into the neighborhood in 2000 and became fast friends with their neighbors, often inviting them over for meals.
"When he had troubles at work, or with his union, he would come to me," Uemoto said. "That's the relationship I had with him."
Uemoto said Dikito never mentioned any problems with his marriage.
Uemoto's wife, Marion, recalled seeing Domingo sitting alone at the bench outside his home, looking morose and lonely.
"He appeared very lonely. ... He was a real family man. He loved his kids. He loved her too," she said.
Marion Uemoto said she once heard Domingo saying something to the effect of how if he couldn't have her, nobody would.
But the Uemotos said they had not seen any indication of any domestic violence from the home, and that the shooting came as a shock.
As of yesterday afternoon, George Uemoto hadn't slept since returning home that night, because he was still grieving over the loss of two people he cared about.
"This morning they took the bodies away," he said. "I just said goodbye, watching them go together, leaving home together."