Tevita Gukibau was an only child who surpassed all expectations of his father when he reached high school.
But all hopes for a bright future was shattered when the 17-year-old succumbed to injuries on Sunday night at the Lautoka Hospital.
Admitted on New Year’s Day following a car accident that claimed the life of his 21-year-old first cousin, his death landed a double blow to a family that were grieving the demise of popular former Marist Brothers High School athlete Penasio Cerecere.
The two along and three other boys were allegedly drinking while driving towards Ba.
Tevita’s father Viliame Tuibua Bolobolo yesterday recalled how his son was the brightest child in his family.
“He had more potential than anyone in my family. He had reached high school which was a big achievement for us because I only reached Class 8,” said Mr Bolobolo. “He had really good marks in his annual exam and I’m sure he did very well too in his FSLC.”
Mr Bolobolo said his only son was very close to his cousins and they did a lot of things together.
He said he did not know whether the two cousins would be buried together.