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Loni Kai Okaruru (5 of Hearts, Oregon)

Loni Kai Okaruru (5 of Hearts, Oregon)

Update: 2024-04-246


Our card this week is Loni Kai Okaruru, the 5 of Hearts from Oregon.

Loni Kai Okaruru made several stops on the morning of August 26, 2001, and interacted with several people, before she was beaten to death, her body left on a farm in Washington County, Oregon. Loni Kai’s murder was quickly labeled by police as a hate crime, but decades later her killer is still unknown. 

Note: An earlier version of this episode touched on gender fluidity in Filipino culture. As we cannot independently verify this information, we have removed this statement.

  • If you know anything about the murder of Loni Kai Okaruru in August 2001 in northwest Oregon, please call the Washington County Sheriff’s Investigations Division at 503-846-2500, and ask for Detective Shannon Wilde.
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Loni Kai Okaruru (5 of Hearts, Oregon)

Loni Kai Okaruru (5 of Hearts, Oregon)