Teenager Suspect in Deadly Maili Cockfight Faces Charges as an Adult

Honolulu Police have booked and charged the 16-year-old suspect Shaeden Styles McEnroe-Kealii on multiple murder counts after a deadly cockfight in April in Maili. The incident left two people dead and three others injured.

Kealii was booked and processed as an adult and charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, three counts of second-degree attempted murder, five counts of use of a firearm in the commission of a separate felony, and place to keep.

On April 15, at the site of an illegal cockfight at 87-131 Kaukamana Road, shots rang out after midnight. McEnroe-Kealii and another suspect, Jacob Borge, 23, later turned themselves in to the police.

According to the court documents, witnesses told police that more than a hundred people were at the cockfight. Once it ended around midnight, a fight broke out between two groups in the parking lot.

The victims, Cathy Rabellizsa-Manners and Gary Rabellizsa, tried to break up the fight. Court documents say that McEnroe-Kealii fired five to six shots at Gary and Cathy, while Borge also shot at Gary.

Individuals and animal wellness organizations mentioned the ongoing lack of enforcement against cockfighting events. Wayne Pacelle, president of Animal Wellness Action, said in a statement, “It would be a dereliction of duty if lawmakers do not fortify the anemic anti-cockfighting law in the state.”

McEnroe-Kealii’s case was transferred from the Family Court to the First Circuit Court.