Former Yona Mayor Kenjoe Ada has died

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Former Yona Mayor Kenjoe Ada has died.

Mayors Council of Guam President and Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares has confirmed his passing at Naval Hospital overnight.  He was 37 years old. The cause of death has not been announced.

“Very heartbreaking,” said Mayor Savares in an interview with K-57’s Patti Arroyo. “We’re praying for Stella, his wife, and his two young children as they’re coping with this today.”

Ada was a one-term mayor. Mayor Savares said he will be entitled to a state funeral.

Senator Jose “Pedo” Terlaje, Chairman of the Legislature’s Committee on the Mayor’s Council and a former Mayor of Yona, issued a statement saying:

“My deepest condolences to his family and especially his children. Lord, grant him peace and the compassion of your love.”

Vice-Speaker Telena Nelson said Ada had “an everlasting light that fostered love and laughter in our island community, and especially in his village of Yona.”

Governor Lou Leon Guerrero and Lt. Governor Josh Tenorio also issued a statement saying “we are saddened by the loss of former Mayor Ken Joe Ada.”

The Republican Party of Guam expressed their “deepest sadness” and “we join the island community, most especially the Municipality of Yoña, in extending condolences and prayers to his wife Estelle, their two young children and their entire family.”

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Personal issues

Ada was the mayor of Yona from 2013 to 2017 and unsuccessfully ran for senator under the Republican ticket in 2018.

It was well known that he had been struggling with personal issues since he left office.

Last month, he had to be restrained by police while he was sitting in the middle of the Ylig Bay Bridge in Yona.  A viral video of the incident showed him shirtless and shoe-less, and shouting incoherently.

In November of 2018, Ada was arrested on allegations of terrorizing. At the time, Ada told PNC News that he was cyber-bullied.

Rosary for Ken Joe Ada will be said tonight at St. Francis Church in Yona at 6:30 p.m. and again tomorrow also at 6:30 pm. There is no rosary on Thursday but there will be another one again on Friday at the same time.

Funeral arraignments have not yet been announced.

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READ the statement from the Governor and Lt. Governor in FULL below:

“We are saddened by the loss of former Mayor Ken Joe Ada. We offer his family and friends our sincerest condolences. Mayors serve at the center of our communities and as a son of Guam, Ken Joe’s heart belonged to Yoña. We pray for his eternal rest and we thank him for his service to our People.”

READ the statement from the Republican Party of Guam in FULL below:

Republican Party of Guam Expresses Condolences on the Passing of Former Mayor Ken Joe Ada

Hagåtña, Guam – The Republican Party of Guam  The tragic news is very
heartbreaking and we join the island community, most especially the Municipality of
Yoña, in extending condolences and prayers to his wife Estelle, their two young children
and their entire family. May eternal rest be granted upon Mayor Ken Joe Ada, and
perpetual light shine on him, may he Rest in Peace.

READ Vice-Speaker Telena Nelson’s statement in FULL below:

“Mayor Ada had within him an everlasting light that fostered love and laughter in our island community, and especially in his village of Yona,” said Acting Speaker Telena Cruz Nelson. “The people of Guam will never forget his infectious love of life and generosity of spirit, or his natural ability to turn strangers into good friends, and a village into a true community. We extend our wholehearted condolences to the mayor’s family and the people of Yona, and pray the Lord enfold him in His mercy and grant him eternal life. We know his sunny disposition and soaring spirit will continue to lift and light our island forever.”

READ Sen. Jose Terlaje’s statement in FULL below:

“My deepest condolences to his family and especially his children.  Lord, grant him peace and the compassion of your love.”