Marsy’s Law for Hawaii Scores For Victims’ Rights

Marsy’s Law for Hawaii on Saturday took its message of seeking equal rights for crime victims to Kaneohe on the island of Oahu, where nearly 1,000 supporters of victims and victim survivors gathered for the fifth annual Joel Botelho Memorial Flag Football Tournament. The all-day event featured dozens of teams, including one by Marsy’s Law for Hawaii, who played in honor of Bothelho, a standout high school athlete who was shot by a former football teammate five years ago.

Many of those who turned out were relatives or close friends of Botelho and other victims and their grieving families, and were interested in throwing their support behind Marsy’s Law. Botelho’s mother, Nonohe Botelho, has been an active supporter of Marsy’s Law for Hawaii and works to support grieving families in the community.

NFL player Samson Satele of Kailua, who was also in attendance, gave his support for Marsy’s Law and victims’ rights. Satele, who played with the Miami Dolphins, Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts from 2007 to 2014, offered to help raise more awareness of victims while he is in Hawaii. He said he noticed there are a lot more memorial posters on victims going up around the communities and that something needs to be done. Satele was among those who signed a petition to show their support for a constitutional amendment for a Victims’ Bill of Rights.

This was the first time Marsy’s Law has participated in this community event, from which the proceeds will benefit at risk youth.