Guam Getaway Driver Tells Police $100 Gambling Loss Led to Tourist Killing, Faces Life Sentence

HAGATNA, Guam— A tragic incident involving the killing of a South Korean tourist in Guam has left the community in shock. The incident, fueled by a gambling loss, resulted in the death of 60-year-old Hea Jun Hwang, who was fatally shot during a robbery attempt in the Tumon area on January 4.

According to reports, the suspects, Stefan Keanu Camacho, 26, and Keoki Santos, 28, admitted to plotting the robbery after losing $100 in a gambling spree. Their decision to commit the crime resulted in Hwang’s untimely death, leaving his wife and the local community devastated.

The tourist couple, in Guam to celebrate their retirement, encountered the armed suspects on their walk from Gun Beach to The Tsubaki Tower hotel. A struggle ensued when the suspects demanded their belongings, leading to the fatal shooting of Hwang. The tragic incident has prompted an outpouring of condolences and support for the surviving spouse and their loved ones.

Following the crime, the suspects, both from Yona, attempted to cover their tracks by discarding the stolen items and spray-painting the vehicle rims. However, a tip and surveillance footage led authorities to the suspects, ultimately resulting in Santos taking his own life during a confrontation with law enforcement. Camacho, on the other hand, was located and charged with complicity to commit murder and robbery.

The acting governor, Joshua Tenorio, expressed his commitment to ensuring that justice prevails in the case, offering condolences to the surviving spouse and emphasizing the community’s unity in providing support during this challenging time. As the investigation continues, the Guam community remains vigilant and supportive of the victim’s family as they navigate this tragedy.