TWO young children are without a mother and a family is still in shock over the alleged stabbing of a woman whose brother suffered a similar fate in 2006.
Police confirmed that Nancy Pillay, 29, was allegedly stabbed to death with a kitchen knife while on a fishing boat on Sunday night.
Fiji Police Force spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said a 45-year-old Lautoka fisherman was taken in for questioning and was in police custody.
She said the fatal stabbing happened about 9pm on Sunday.
"A 31-year-old heard a noise from the boat cabin and when he checked to see what was happening, he saw the accused allegedly stabbing the deceased with a kitchen knife," she said.
The fisherman was in the boat with the deceased as well as two other fishermen, aged 31 and 50 years of age.
"The accused attempted to escape from the scene but the 31-year-old man managed to pull him back in the boat," said Ms Naisoro.
"The matter was reported to police when they returned to the Fisheries Wharf in Lautoka."
"When police arrived at the scene the body of the deceased was found inside the cabin of the boat.
"The suspect was arrested and is currently in police custody as investigations continue," said Ms Naisoro.
The Fiji Times visited the late Ms Pillay's family home in Field 40, Lautoka yesterday and spoke with her sister-in-law, Amelia Tawake.
"This is the second time such an incident has happened in our family," she said.
"Nancy's older brother was also murdered in Suva in 2006.
"Nancy is the only girl in her family and now my husband is the only sibling left in the family.
"The most painful part about the death of Nancy is that she has left behind her two children."
Mrs Tawake said they last talked to the deceased on Sunday morning.
"Nancy told us that she would be going fishing and will return the next day to buy school stationery for her two children. The two kids have been raised by their mother and their grandmother"
"We were shocked when the police officers came home on Sunday to relay the news.
"Nancy was a kind-hearted woman who always cared for everyone and she will be greatly missed," said Ms Tawake.