Family members identified the woman gunned down in a murder-suicide in Puna.
Jodene Hiu, the victim's cousin, refused to believe her ears and what she saw on social media: her cousin Jolene Kapua Allison is gone.
"I said what are you talking about. She said go on Facebook and look they're posting that she's gone and I said no I just talked to her," Hiu said.
According to Big Island Police, officers found Allison's body near her husband's on the couple's property in Puna on Sunday.
Police aren't releasing his name but confirm he was an 11 year veteran police officer. The couple separated since February.
For Hiu, losing Allison is like losing a sister. The two have been close - nearly 50 years - a bond that was formed when they were flower girls at an Aunty's wedding.
"She was just sweet, come my house, you like eat. What you need? She was just a loving loving loving girl," Hiu said.
Hiu said her cousin's marriage had crumbled. She shared texts Allison sent claiming her husband was verbally abusive and controlling.
"Like the house has to be perfect, the dog has to be fed this way, the cars have to be parked this way, you know," Hiu said.
Friends and family are now taking to social media: both sharing memories, and talking about domestic violence.
Hiu said her cousin was just starting to enjoy life again on her own. Both had plans to get together on the Big Island next month.
"She said I felt free. I said really because wasn't that bad, she said yeah don't worry about me. God's got me," Hiu said.
Allison leaves behind a daughter and son.