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Updated: Hilo woman Medeiros dies from murder-suicide injuries


Jolene Medeiros, 24, of Hilo was pronounced dead Saturday morning (January 2) from injuries sustained in a shooting on December 30 in Pi’ihonua.

An autopsy to determine the exact cause of death is scheduled for Tuesday (January 5).

Detectives have reclassified the case from an attempted murder and suicide to a murder and suicide.

MEDIA RELEASE (12/31/09)

Big Island police are investigating a shooting in Pi’ihonua last night (December 30) that left a man dead and his estranged female companion in critical condition.

South Hilo Patrol officers were called to the Manaolana Place home of 28-year-old Harry Batalona just after 7 p.m. last night for the reported shooting.

Fire department personnel took both people to Hilo Medical Center, where Batalona, suffering a gunshot wound to the head, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

The woman, identified as 24-year-old Jolene Medeiros of a different Hilo address, arrived at the hospital with multiple gunshot wounds. She is listed in critical condition.

Preliminary results of an autopsy performed on Batalona this morning (December 31) indicated that he died of a single, self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

Detectives with the Criminal Investigation Section are continuing this investigation classified as an attempted murder and suicide.

Editor’s Note: If you are thinking about suicide or think you know someone considering suicide, call the Access Line for help: 1-800-753-6879 from neighbor islands, (808) 832-3100 from Oahu or call 911.

If you are the victim of domestic abuse or know of someone who may be the victim of domestic abuse you can get more information for help at

3 Responses to “Updated: Hilo woman Medeiros dies from murder-suicide injuries”

  1. Michelle says:

    Although I appreciate the inoformation you have posted regarding the prevention of suicide, I do feel that this was not the appropriate article to link it to. This situation was clearly not about suicide and I think you have missed the boat severely. This is a cut and dry case of domestic violence where the perpatrator has killed himself to spare him from the consequences of committing murder.

    • Baron says:

      I have updated the post with information regarding suicide and domestic violence. We have also added links in the sidebar at the right under Health so our readers who need help can hopefully get it.

      Mahalo for the feedback, we always welcome comments.


    • Mina says:

      I appreciate the concern of the posting..but to say this is a cut and dry case of dv where the perp killed himself to spare him from the consequences of committing murder….may be true, may not be. We don’t know.
      I have worked domestic violence cases for years and while it is true that domestic violence is a pattern of control from one person to another..I do appreciate the information posted about places others can access help. I feel it beats the alternative of offering nothing..obviously in most cases a perp is the last who will seek help as the perp is usually operating from a position of “power” in their mind..however, in my years of working these cases I will say the more help there is available is better then leaving a person feel helpless and isolated. Offering phone numbers for help is NOT in anyway blaming the victim in this case or dismissing the alleged crime committed by her boyfriend against her. It DOES open a door to ANYONE in any despair they do not have to live in isolation and that there are other options and help available if they so choose. It plants a “seed” and opens a door. The first step to change is awareness..and if anything let’s the perpetrator understand the awareness in our world and strips away a bit more of his/her power. Posting ANYTHING about helping a victim/survivor of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and all horrific acts of violence committed by humans to other humans raises awareness and shows those who wish to commit these crimes there is a growing intolerance in our world and victims are no longer alone. It may also actually encourage someone who is thinking of committing a crime as horrific as this to seek help first. Who knows? Like I said it beats the alternative and a little offer of help is better then no help at all.


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