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Danielle Taty’ana Maile Samson-Cabral

Age 18

Puna, Hawaii

Teen had deep mind and soul

According to Hawaiian legend, the moon goddess Hina lives in the cave at the foot of Rainbow Falls, an 80-foot waterfall renowned for its morning rainbow. Ten miles from the cave is Hilo High School, her alma mater.

She was smart, strong-minded and beautiful. Her “mind and soul [were] deep and strong,” said Bryanne Sagon, who organized a fundraiser called “For Taty,” after her nickname. 

Danielle Taty’ana Maile Samson-Cabral, 18, was accidentally shot in the head at her home in Pahoa, Hawaii. She died on September 24, 2018 around 11 p.m., when the moon goddess would have likely been shining.

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Meet the Reporters

More than 200 friends

Saniyah Monee Nicholson

Funny faces and pigtails no longer

Tyrese A. Jones

He was beloved at his school


Shot while walking down the street

Kameron Johnson

He dreamed of college and cars

Kameron Porter

Domestic violence ends a stepson’s life

Jacob Matthew Edwards

A survivor, full of heart. Gone.

Corey Donald II

He had just started barber school

Floyd Chianti Davenport IV

“Baba stay woke...Baba stay woke!”

Kelvion’te A. Trammell

Engine still running, no life left

Clinton Howell

A daily trip that turned deadly

Jayvone J. Shackelford-Bishop

Friends together like Lilo & Stitch

Joel Keshon Green

An interrupted trail of Facebook photos

Fernando Perez

“What is it going to take?”

Delametric Djuan Fairley

Never got to make travel plans

Moltere Charles Jr.

#TGFAD — Thank God for another day

Oliver Santos

Big smile stolen on Saturday night

Darryl Lamar Johnson

A family visit. He never left.

Xavier Montrail Thomas

Candles flicker against darkness for Zay

Samuel Ozuna

Always respectful, loved by his friends

Romane D. Taylor Jr.

Intelligent and playful, beloved by buddies