Nanakuli Community Holds Vigil For Slain Visitor

 UPDATED 8:27 PM HST May 06, 2007
NANAKULI, Hawaii -

Members of the Nanakuli community held a vigil on Sunday night to remember a man recently killed at a Leeward beach.

The North Carolina man was taking pictures when his life was suddenly cut short.

A group of people gathered at the same park, where Christopher Reuther, 34, was fatally punched, police said.

Less Schnabel Jr. struck Reuther in an unprovoked attack, according to court documents. A witness told KITV that Schnabel was upset that Reuther took his picture without asking.

People came from different parts of the island on Sunday night to pay their respects to a man many of them had never met.

Reuther was in Hawaii to attend a University of Hawaii Law School orientation.

"He stood out in an extremely competitive application process, and so we were very much looking forward to having him as a part of our class," UH Law School professor Jon Van Dyke said.

Pastor Allen Cardines led the service in remembering Ruether and reminding people that the incident does not make them who they are.

"In light of this bad and tragic incident that happened here at Zablan (Beach Park), I think that something good came out of this -- that the united stand together," Cardines said.

Schnabel's mother also attended the service. Cardines said a private prayer for the Schnabel family.

Schnabel remains in custody. He has been charged with manslaughter.

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