The parents of Luke Monahan, a 19-year-old Marine who fell from a Waikiki hotel and died shortly afterward, spoke to the Honolulu Star Advertiser about the incident:
“He was quiet,” his mother said. “He wasn’t a bad kid. He just didn’t like to do homework. He said that if he went into the Marines he would get an education for free and get anything he wanted.”
“He did not like the Marines, but he seemed to be OK with Hawaii,” Eileen said.
But his mother refuses to come to Hawai’i to claim her son’s body:
“I hate that place. That place killed my son,” Eileen said. “I’m never going back there, ever. The Marines will ship his body to us.”