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Daughter of Malibu restaurateur allegedly murdered in S. Africa

Gabriela Kabrins, 39, the daughter of Malibu restaurateur, Howdy Kabrins, is believed by South African authorities to have been killed by her boyfriend, Diego Dougherty Novella, on July 29 in Cape Town, South Africa. Photo Submitted
Chris Bashaw, Editor
4:12 pm PDT August 10, 2015

A wealthy Guatemalan man was charged Aug. 4 with the July 29 Cape Town, South Africa murder of his girlfriend Gabriela Kabrins, the 39-year-old daughter of a Malibu restaurateur.

Diego Dougherty Novella, 41, was charged with Kabrins’ alleged murder, and was still in police custody Monday, Aug. 9, although expected to apply for release on bail Aug. 21.

British news outlet Daily Mail reported last week that police said Kabrins suffered sexual assault before being strangled to death at the Camps Bay Retreat Boutique Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa.

Police also allegedly told the Daily Mail that nearly a pound of cocaine was found at the scene of the alleged murder, and that Novella was a known
user.

A resident of LA County, Kabrins was reportedly vacationing with Novella in Cape Town.

More than the daughter of Howdy Kabrins of Howdy’s Taqueria and La Salsa fame, Gabriela was a Pepperdine University alumna and successful businesswoman who in 2002 founded Conexión, an advertising and marketing
firm.

“I don’t have a lot to say,” Howdy told the Malibu Surfside News Thursday, Aug. 6. “This is a very difficult time, and I’m grieving. My family is grieving, friends are grieving and are all sharing in this horrible time with us.”

In a Facebook post on his page, Gabriela’s business partner, Martin Llorens, wrote, “My dear Gaby: Rest in peace, love you forever. In your light I learn who I am, I will always treasure you.”