Family members have flown from Hawai'i in an attempt to retrieve her two children and bring them
|The late Brandy Ebanez|
Brandy Ebanez is the daughter of Joanne Ebanez, of Pāhala, and the late Almarich Douglas Ebanez, two of Ka'u's first coffee farmers.
A message from Brandy Ebanez's siblings, entitled Justice for Brandy, says, "She was a mother, a daughter, a sister an auntie and a niece. She was beautiful, feisty and kind-hearted.
"But she was also a vicim of domestic violence. Because of this heinous act of violence, she will never get to teach her two girls how to drive. She will never get to watch them graduate. She won't get to watch them walk down the aisle when they get married and all of the little beautiful and precious moments in between that a mother should be experiencing with her babies."
"Our sister, Brandy Elizabeth Irene Ebanez, was born and raised in Pāhala, Hawai'i and was 34 years young and left us way to soon by the worst imaginable way to be taken. Let's just call a spade a spade she was murdered. She was killed, then her body was put into the water to not be found, like she didn't matter, like no one was out there worried and wondering where she was for weeks. But by the grace of God, she was found and we thank the fisherman who did find her. Because of him/her, we get to bring her home where she belongs and we're sure her soul is now resting in peace.
"Because the laws of domestic violence being light, he continued to do what he did, not caring for the consequences. And if we had more harsh laws, this could have been prevented. But now our mom has to
"Our sister Brandy was loved wholeheartedly, so if you have any information about this case please contact Kennewick Police in Washington. Please share our sister's story so it's out there and her story is told. Justice for Brandy."
Brandy Ebanez's sister Breann Ebanez, of Pāhala, said, "I don't think anybody should go through this, especially that she leaves two young kids behind." Friend Melrae Smith told Hawai'i News Now that Brandy Ebanez is remembered her for her kind and loving nature. "Brandy has a heart of gold. She is loved everywhere she touches. We work in the medical field and everybody loves her.” Hawai'i News Now reported that Ebanez’s friends encourage anyone who experiences domestic violence to seek help. Hawai'i News Now also reported that it is "unclear if the suspect has been charged." Media in Washington state reported that the apartment where she lived with her boyfriend and two children was being scoured by police during their investigation. Anyone with any information can call the Benton County Sheriff's Office at 509-735-6555.
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