- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

HILO, Hawaii (AP) - Hundreds of people gathered at memorial services for a woman and her two children who were shot to death in their home on the Big Island earlier this month.

About 250 people attended the celebration of life and Mass at Malia Puka O Kalani Catholic Church Wednesday for 40-year-old Aracely Hoffman, her 7-year-old daughter Clara and 5-year-old son John, The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported (https://bit.ly/1TnZRQ3).

The woman’s husband and father of her children, John Ali Hoffman, was arrested May 6 and is charged with murder in their deaths. He remains jailed on $2.75 million bail.

Aracely Hoffman, a native of El Salvador, had gone to Malia Puka O Kalani, where there were other Spanish-speaking parishioners.

Her friend and fellow parishioner, Ramón Manuel Figueroa-Centeno, delivered her eulogy. He described her as “always smiling, always laughing, even when she was in pain.”

Another friend, Vicki Nelson, said Aracely Hoffman was a “very strong, very brave, a wonderful person.”

Timothy Tamashiro, a friend of John Hoffman Jr., said “Junior loved learning about God and Jesus.” Classmates of Clara Hoffman at Keaau Elementary School wrote letters about the girl, which were displayed at the entrance of the church’s meeting hall.

One student wrote that Clara “gave me two pairs of slippers because I never have any.”

Burial was in Mauna Kea Memorial Park.


Information from: Hawaii Tribune-Herald, https://www.hawaiitribune-herald.com/

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