On Saturday afternoon, children played and rode their bicycles over blood stained sidewalks at Mayor Wright Housing. It is where a large brawl ended with one man fatally stabbed and three others injured.
"There had to have been about 75 to 100 people out here and the crowd just went crazy. Everyone was fighting. There was women and men just fighting," said Bobbi Golden, wife of stabbing suspect Enrico Golden.
Police arrested housing resident 33-year-old Enrico Golden Friday night at his apartment overlooking where the fight broke out. The mother of Golden's three daughters, said her husband was upset over neighborhood kids hitting his vehicle. Golden said a verbal argument escalated into a physical altercation but Golden believes another man, not her husband, pulled a knife.
"I don't see how my husband could have stabbed four people when he had a crowd of people on top of him beating him up," said Golden.
Chersita Bossy identified the man killed as her cousin, 32-year-old Benjamin Rekis. Bossy said Rekis was visiting her father to discuss plans to hold a church service tonight. She said Rekis lived in Mililani with his wife and children, and didn't know the suspect.
"My family just ended up at the wrong time at the right place. Benjamin is not the kind of guy that would be in trouble, he is a very good guy," added Bossy.
Bossy said Regis's brother and her father were also stabbed. Residents said they often fear for their safety, and some carry weapons for protection. Last September, T.J. Mori died after he was stabbed at the housing complex, it is the bloodshed these residents want to stop.
"I feel very sorry for their loss. It's terrible to lose someone for no reason," said Golden.
The Hawaii Public Housing Authority plans to hold a meeting Thursday night to discuss the violence plaguing Mayor Wright Housing. The state said it is in the process of increasing security measures, including working on a better system to allow visitors in and out of the complex. Executive Director Hakim Ouansafi recently took over the challenge of improving the state's public housing. Even before Friday night's stabbing, the department began looking at how well the rules are enforced, including the current curfew at Mayor Wright. Ouansafi said there is a fine line between keeping people safe and making them feel like prisoners.
"This is not something that we think is okay. What I'm saying is the help of residents will be crucial. If we put fences all over it's going to feel like jail. What we are doing instead is implementing policies that can be sustainable," said Ouansafi.
Ouansafi said cameras are also scheduled to go up within the next couple of months and the property's fences will be raised to keep unwanted guests out. State lawmakers are reviewing a bill this legislative session aimed at securing more funding to increase security at the complex.