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Man Involved in Domestic Dispute Dies

February 19, 2015, 9:19 AM HST
* Updated February 19, 4:50 PM
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The Hawai’i Police Department has announced that the 55-year-old Kona man involved in a domestic dispute Sunday morning that left him with third-degree burns died from his injuries Wednesday night.

Police have identified the man as Ghenghis Khan Kaaihue of Kailua-Kona.

Kaaihue was pronounced dead at 11:17 p.m. on Wednesday at Straub Medical Center on Oahu. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.

According to officials, the case has been reclassified as second-degree murder as detectives from the HPD’s Area II Criminal Investigations Section continue the investigation.

At 8:55 a.m. on Sunday, Kona Patrol officers responded to a call that determined that a 53-year-old Kailua-Kona woman confronted Kaaihue while he was in a van parked near Kahalu’u Beach in Kona. The woman poured gasoline on the vehicle. At that point, Kaaihue exited the van. The two got into a physical struggle that ended with gasoline poured onto their clothing and bodies. Police say that witnesses reported that the woman used a lighter to light both of them on fire.

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The 53-year-old woman involved in the incident remains in critical condition at Straub Medical Center.

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