A daughter is asking everyone to help find who killed her father 15 years ago
A father of seven was murdered on Maui 15 years ago. His children and police are trying to solve the case. His daughter, Rhianna Ramos, hopes the years passed is enough time for people to finally come forward with information on his murder.
"I'm planning on getting married and you usually have your dad there. Just growing up it was really hard because I have a lot of friends that are really close to their fathers, and I don't have my father. All I have are my memories," said Ramos.
Memories that aren't all happy. Before he was killed, Raymond Ramos was convicted for distributing and possessing drugs. He served about four years of his prison term. During that time, Rhianna Ramos was put in Child Protective Services. Her father was released, but less than a year later he was found shot to death in a rental car off Nakalele Point.
"I looked at the detective and I asked him, 'Who did this to our dad? Our dad is our backbone, who did this?' And they couldn't answer those questions to us," said Ramos.
And that question still hasn't been answered. She says Maui police told her Ramos took a large sum of cash to buy drugs from a dealer. Investigators believe he was set up since he was left dead and the money was gone.
"What my dad did was wrong, we are not saying that dealing drugs is OK, it's not OK, but the way that he died, it was wrong. You don't get treated like that because you deal drugs," said Ramos.
"The community knows who did it. Maui is such a small island, but on top of it, it was someone he knew, someone he trusts, to go all the way out there. My dad doesn't just jump in the car with anybody," added Ramos.
Family members are headed to Maui this week to hold a remembrance ceremony and to speak to investigators on the island. If you have any information, you're asked to call the Maui Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division at 808-244-6425.
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