Alabama man shot to death in Hawaii remembered as ‘good-hearted dude’


Wahiawa resident Daryl Larroc recalled waking up to the sound of several gunshots near his art building on Sunday morning.

He initially thought the sound was fireworks. “It woke us all up,” he said.

Soon after, police officers and emergency medical services personnel arrived in his neighborhood, where a 34-year-old man, later identified as William T. Spencer, was found with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso in a vehicle.

The Honolulu Police Department is investigating the fatal shooting that happened just before 5:10 a.m. on the street at 69 Lakeview Circle near the two-story Kala Bhavan where Spencer lived.

Police said Spencer was sitting in a car when a man came upstairs and fired several shots at the vehicle. HPD Homicide Detail Lieutenant Dina Thomes said witnesses saw a man dressed in dark clothing fled in a dark vehicle.

Spencer was taken to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Originally from Peterman in Monroe County, Spencer lived in a unit on the second floor of the Arts Building. He worked as a barber in Exit-8 barber shop in Wahiawa for the last one year.

Larrock, 29, who lives in a unit beneath Spencer’s art, said he knew the victim only as “Bam” or “Bama.”

“He was such a charismatic man,” said Larrock, noting that Spencer often had friends in his art.

He heard at least five gunshots that morning.

Exit-8 Barbershop Manager Ron De Leon learned of Spencer’s death when another barber called him on Sunday. “I was just in shock,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it.”

De Leon said he was not aware of any conflicts Spencer had with anyone. “He’s just a friend with a good heart. People liked him,” he said, adding that he was honest and straight.

“He’ll help anyone.”

According to De Leon, Spencer was the father of eight children. He lived with his girlfriend and two young daughters, a toddler and a child under the age of one.

Both Spencer and De Leon had previously worked together at Trin’s Barber Shop in Wahiawa. De Leon said he would be most remembered for having a big heart.

Trinh Van, owner of Trinh’s Barber Shop, describes Spencer as entertaining, wild, and energetic. He loved to socialize with his clients and colleagues. Van further described him as generous and always supportive of others.

Spencer worked at Trinh for about two to three years. When he started working on Exit 8, he regularly dropped by Trin to say hello to Van and his former coworkers. Van recalled that he last saw her on Thursday when he stopped.

“He seemed happy,” she said.

“I miss him so much,” Van, saddened by Spencer’s death, said.

No one was arrested in the fierce gunfight that took place till Tuesday. Anyone with information is urged to call 911 or Crimestoppers at 808-955-8300.

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