Family of homicide victim plead for suspected gunmen to come forward

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) A big brother, football player and a jokester. That's how family members of Sosaia Finau want him to be remembered.

Finau died in a shooting Thursday morning.

"My dad came downstairs with tears in his eyes and says my brother was shot and broke my heart," Mel Finau, Sosaia's sister said.

Sosaia was the oldest of five children. Family members say he spent time playing guitar, playing football for the Eagle River Broncos and even did commercial fishing out of Dutch Harbor last summer.

Police say Finau was gunned down in an apartment building, allegedly targeted by Mickee Thompson and Robert Smith. According to interviews conducted by police, the teenage suspects came to a woman's apartment on the 4200 block of Mountain View Drive. Thompson is the woman's ex-boyfriend, but she told police he still had a key.

Finau's sister, Mel said her brother was shot 20 times,"I don't know why someone would do that to him over a girl. It's ridiculous."

Thompson and Smith are still on the run more than 24 hours after the crime. "We want them to turn themselves in," Koula Ofia, a relative of Finau said.

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