What happened to Jaedah Tofaeono, Rikishi’s 16-year-old niece?
On Wednesday, September 1, WWE star Rikishi pleaded his social media followers to help him catch the culprits behind his niece Jaedah Tofaeono’s alleged murder.
Rikishi used the following hashtags under his Instagram post, #justiceforjaedahtofaeono, #justice4jaedah and #justiceforJaedah among others.
Many fans took to the former wrestler’s Instagram comments to post their condolences, while others wondered what exactly happened to Rikishi’s niece.
What happened to Jaedah Tofaeono?
On Friday, July 30, at approximately 6:45 pm, officers at San Francisco’s Bayview Station responded to an alleged shooting in their jurisdiction.
The fatal incident that occured near Bertha Lane and Hudson Avenue rendered 16-year-old Jaedah, who was reportedly sitting on her skateboard in the middle of the street, dead. A 45-year-old woman was also injured in the alleged shooting.
The San Francisco teen’s death sent shockwaves across the city. However, despite it being over a month now, the culprits have not been caught.
Former WWE star Rikishi demands justice for niece
55-year-old Rikishi took to his social media and revealed that the SFPD was offering a $50,000 reward to those who could provide “information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible for the murder.”
In the caption, the former WWE star, who was clearly enraged by the debilitating loss of his niece, pleaded with his followers to spread the word.
Fans who follow Rikishi on Instagram know that the professional wrestler is very close to his family, especially his children, grandchildren and nieces.
Teen’s family offers forgiveness to the culprit
The loss of a loved one is never easy to get through! However, Jaedah’s family has set an example for many who have had to go through a similar tragedy.
In an August 5 press conference held on the steps of San Francisco’s City Hall, the teen’s father, James Tofaeono, offered forgiveness to the culprit(s) of the horrific incident that killed his daughter.
At the time, the family chose not to reveal their daughter’s name, but mentioned that she loved to dance, sing and play the piano. Describing his daughter, James said: “My daughter was a very loving girl who embraced whoever she came across.”
During the emotional speech, while being comforted by his wife, James said: “I know everyone has their own views on what justice is and what it should be or how it should look. But the only justice we are seeking is peace.”
Addressing the culprit(s) who took his daughter’s life, the father said: “I don’t know why, and I don’t know what you’re going through, but know this: we wish no harm.”
He also said: “No hate, no grudge. We want you to know we forgive you. There are no hidden agendas nor are we pushing for revenge or retaliation.”
The Tofaeno patriarch also had a message for the city of San Francisco. He urged the residents to “lead with love” to put an end to violence.
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