Hall of Fame wrestler Rikishi says his niece was tragically murdered in a shooting
earlier this summer .and now, he’s pleading with the public for help in finding
the killer .
The San Francisco Police Department is offering $50,000 reward for information
which leads to ‘the identification, arrest, and conviction of the suspect(s) responsible
for the murder’.
Rikishi shared a poster on Twitter and wrote: ‘Need your help. They murdered me
niece in the BAY AREA
’16yrs old “JAEDAH TOFAEONO”… PLEASE HELP FIND THESE MOTHERF***ERS
‘Check it.. Spread the word #justiceforjaedahtofaeono #justice4jaedah
Rikishi’s sons are Jimmy and Jey Uso, who both appear for WWE on SmackDown,
which makes Jaedah their cousin.
Meanwhile, earlier this year, the former Intercontinental and tag team champion
revealed he has forgiven the person who left the wrestling legend himself inches
from death in a drive-by shooting.
The 55-year-old star opened up on the horrific ordeal which took place before
he became a household name in wrestling when he was 17 years old and, appearing
on Insight with Chris Van Vliet, he recalled: ‘At 17 I got hit by a drive by shooting and
I damn near lost my life.
‘I was dead for three minutes. I woke up in ambulance and all I could see was my
mother’s face – being taken to the hospital, I could see my mother’s face.’
Rikishi described the incident as a ‘wakeup call’ and, rather than feel hatred for the
person who shot at him, he insisted he would actually like closure and offered an
emotional message to them.
Well I hope, I mean, one day, if you’re watching this here, and you think you know
who I am, I would like to personally meet you,’ he said.
‘And I would like to… I’m going to say this in case I don’t have a chance to. I forgive
you, man. ‘I forgive you for what has happened to me, for what you have done to me.
And I hope you can learn from what has happened.’