Domestic murder in the Pacific

Zenaida Dumaslan and her boyfriend Ronante Aquino had been dating since about 2002. Family has said they dated off and on. In 2004, Dumaslan filed for a temporary restraining order against Aquino, which expired two years ago. Records reportedly show that Dumaslan filed for the protection order, then filed a motion to withdraw. However, the judge ordered the protection order anyway. Reportedly Aquino was also ordered to take domestic violence classes and to undergo an alcohol assement at that time. Relatives say they thought things had been going better for the couple.

As recently as Friday Dumaslan’s sister-in-law had the couple over for dinner. “She came to the kitchen she just told me, oh I cannot use the phone anymore if someone calls me because Ronante is watching me”  The sister-in-law denys seeing any abuse, but says that Dumaslan told her “She don’t tell me Ronante hit her or nothing.  She just told me when he’s drunk he’s crazy, that’s it.” And she says she saw him drinking beer Friday night.

Allegedly just after 4 am Saturday morning, Aquino walked into the police station and told them he had had an incident with his girlfriend and he gave them the address where she lived with her father and 5 year old son. Police were sent to the home, and they found Dumaslan on the kitchen floor, dead from multiple stab wounds. Reportedly she had been stabbed with a kitchen knife.

Dumaslan’s elderly father and 5 year old son may have witnessed the crime, but they were not injured.

Aquino has been charged with 2 nd degree murder. According to court records, Aquino was drunk when he went into the police station.

Hawaii has been undergoing an increase in domestic violence murders this year. Already there have been more domestic murders than in each year of the last few years. And reportedly reports of abuse are way up, but the number of arrests are way down.  

Experts say that women return to their abusers an average of 11 times, before they finally get out, reportedly that is almost twice the number of times as on the mainland. Financial reasons are thought to play a part in that. Reports also indicate that temorary restraining orders are violated more than half the time.



  1. soobs said,

    July 26, 2006 at 4:50 pm

    I am raising boys. I hope and pray, that I raise them with enough self esteem, and love for others, that they NEVER think to raise a hand to another person.

  2. July 26, 2006 at 4:57 pm

    It is a scary thought isn’t it?

  3. soobs said,

    July 27, 2006 at 3:05 am


  4. July 27, 2006 at 3:23 am

    It’s important to remember that DV is not present in every home. Nor is every man likely to become violent. Kids that are treated respectfully as they are growing up, and with parents who teach them to respect others are less likely to have the problem. And you are very aware of the problem, so I have a feeling their households will be safe.

  5. soobs said,

    July 27, 2006 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks, Home. You do a wonderful service with your blog.

  6. July 27, 2006 at 3:05 pm

    I hope to raise awareness of the problem of domestic violence. I don’t know, maybe after reading here people will beome more aware of domestic violence problems in the relationships of people around them or will know where to find help for themselves or others around them. I hope that is getting across.

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