Tennessee Marine, Sgt William “Mike” Brown, 23, was fatally stabbed during an altercation at around 1 a.m. on Kalakaua Ave and Royal Hawaiian Drive in Honolulu. Brad Paul Aliksa, 21, was arrested early Saturday morning on suspicion of 2nd Degree Murder, along with two teens. He has been released pending investigation.
Sgt William “Mike” Brown
Brown was a Tennessee native. He served as an 81 mm mortarman, Weapons Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division, III Marine Expeditionary Force based at the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base, accord to Hawaii News Now. He joined the Marines in November of 2012, just a few months after graduating from Bolton High School in Memphis. He was promoted to Sergeant on October 1, 2017. His awards included the Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal and two Sea Service Deployment Ribbons.
“Sergeant Brown was a beloved member of 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marines who had been with the unit for five years. He had qualities we value in our Marine non-commissioned officers. His death is tragic and the battalion joins his family in grief. He will always be loved and remembered.” Lt. Col. Steven Eastin, Battalion Commander
“He always put a smile on everyone’s face because he always had a smile on his face. He didn’t let anything hold him down or break him down, he would push through.” Elijah Estrada, friend of Sgt Brown to Hawaii News Now
Several people were at the scene: two teens were also arrested with Aliksa, though it is unclear what their offenses were. One was a 16 year old boy and a 15 year old girl. Six other teens were arrested for other offenses but were eventually released.
Brown was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, but succumbed to his wounds.
The death is being investigated by the Honolulu Police Department.