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Press Release

Father Indicted for Murdering Son-In-Law

December 29, 2016

(ANCHORAGE, Alaska) On December 28, 55 year old Valu Valu Jr. was indicted by the Anchorage grand jury for causing the death of his son-in-law, Tino Faualo on December 20, 2016.

At approximately 9:51 p.m. on December 20, 2016, Anchorage Police Department officers responded to a 911 call. The caller reported that her husband (Tino Faualo) had a gun to her head. Officers responded to a residence on Camelot Drive. Once on scene, officers were advised that shots may have been fired inside the residence. Just after 10:23 p.m., Anchorage Police Dispatch was informed that a male was admitted to the Providence Hospital Emergency Room with a gunshot wound to the chest. The male was identified as Tino Faualo and later died from the gunshot wound. The investigation led to the identification of Valu as the alleged shooter. Faualo was married to Valu’s daughter.

Valu was indicted on one count of murder in the second degree, one count of manslaughter and one count of misconduct involving a weapon in the first degree. If convicted, Valu faces a sentence of up to 99 years in prison for the murder charge and up to 20 years for the manslaughter and weapons charges. A defendant’s sentence is determined by the judge who must consider the circumstances of the offense, the impact on the victim(s) and the community, and the potential for rehabilitation of the defendant.

Valu is in the custody of the Department of Corrections where he is being held on $100,000 cash or corporate bail and a court-approved third party custodian. The charges in the indictment are only allegations and are not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the prosecution must prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

CONTACT: Assistant District Attorney Kevin Bergt at (907) 269-6300 or More information about the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office is available at

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