Ex-Navy man fatally stabs girlfriend on Kaneohe street, then kills self

On September 18, 2010, Michael Thomas, Jr. 26, allegedly fatally stabbed his girlfriend Sydney Kline and assaulted her mother, then drove to the H-3 freeway where he jumped to his death.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported:

A 33-year-old woman was stabbed to death on a Kaneohe street early this afternoon, allegedly by her boyfriend who then drove up the H-3 freeway and jumped to his death, according to police.

Police said the couple argued last night and the woman left their residence on Kapunahala Road. The woman returned today with her mother to collect her belongings and an argument ensued.

KHON reported:

A 33 -year-old woman was stabbed multiple times outside her home following an argument with her boyfriend.

Police say the victim’s mom was also assaulted before the suspect drove off and killed himself a short distance away.  It happened around 12:30 on Kapunahala road.

Police say the victim and suspect got into a fight last night at their home and she left.  She then returned this afternoon with her mother to grab personal belongings and discovered items in the home had been damaged.

Apparently, Thomas had a criminal history, but what was not reported in the news was his military background.  The Honolulu Star Advertiser ran an obituary for Thomas on October 6, 2010:

Sept. 18, 2010
Michael Thomas Jr., 26, of Honolulu, a Commander Navy Region Hawaii engineer, died in Kaneohe. He was born in Honolulu. He is survived by sons Keaneu and Julian, parents Michael and Charisse, brother Jerome, hanai brother James Sanders and sisters Sabrina and Uilani Jones and Michelle Thomas. Services held.

This was the second murder-suicide in Hawaiʻi within a month. In both cases the alleged perpetrator were veterans.    The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported:

This is the second murder-suicide in a month on Oahu. On Aug. 20, Kristine Cass, 46, and her daughter Saundra, 13, were shot to death in their Makiki home by the mother’s former boyfriend, Clayborne Conley.

Conley, a former Hawaii National Guardsman with a history of violent behavior and mental instability, shot himself after killing the mother and daughter.

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