Thursday, November 13, 2014

So Sad

I remember seeing Teddy, and before him, his dad, on Sunday mornings selling newspaper from way back when 9th Avenue Bakery stood at the Cafe Miro location.

KAIMUKI, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

A memorial continues to grow on a wooden bench outside Cafe Miro on Waialae Avenue. 
There are flower bouquets, stuffed animals, and a card, signed by the grandchildren of Thaddeus Pirga, Junior, or Teddy, as he was called. There is even coffee and a breakfast sandwich from McDonalds. Family members say one of Teddy's loyal customers would bring him that every Sunday morning. 
The 70-year old was stabbed multiple times this past Sunday about 3:45 a.m. He was taken to the hospital where he later died. 
Teddy sold newspapers from the bench for years. Family members say his father did the same, from the same spot, and when he died, Teddy took over. 
"It's horrible, because he was such a good person," says Jennifer Muehle, who lives in Kaimuki, "If you didn't have money for the bus, he'd give you a buck."
Police sources say they have few leads and no suspects, and the motive is also unclear. 
Surveillance cameras at a nearby bank did not catch the attack on video. But the bank is working with police to see if the killer was somehow caught on tape in the area. 
Some neighbors did report hearing an argument early Sunday. Family and friends say they don't know of anyone who would want to hurt Teddy, and police say this was not likely a robbery. 
If you have any information that can help, call Crimestoppers at 955-8300.


Lorna said...

When we saw the news on television, it saddened us deeply, that our society has created people who think nothing about victimizing others. I understand how my elders thought now, because I miss the "old days", when we knew our neighbors, could wander the town safely to play with other kids, and felt safe.

K and S said...

that is so sad!

jalna said...

I miss the old days too, Lorna.

I kinda feel stunned, Kat.

Erick said...

Sad, why would anyone hurt a guy like that? There is a special seat in hell for whoever did this, in the middle of the fire.

I miss 9th Ave Bakery. What happened to the all the old mom and pop bakeries?

Mark Shelby said...

That's horrible Jalna! I did not know the man. Our society is so messed up now!

In the good old days, these kinds of things would never happen.

It's all the drugs! And stealing for money to buy more drugs! And drugged up people killing people!

Last week Rodney did a blog on MLC about the Paper Boy! It's fun! Your readers might enjoy these good old Hawaii paper boy memories!

jalna said...

Erick, I hope you're right and they're a seat in hell for the person.

I do believe you're right, Mark. I'll go check out the paperboy story.

Nippon Nin said...

I'm so sorry for his family. I'm very sad to hear that kind of news.

jalna said...

I feel so sad for the family too, Akemi.