A CHURCH steward and his wife are mourning the death of their only son who drowned in a river at Lawaki Village in Tailevu on Wednesday.
Akuila Bulewa and Akosita Vere were still in a state of shock at their home last night.
Mr Bulewa said the loss of their son, Kelemedi Vecenayawa, took away a big part of them, their happiness and tested their faith.
But they have never stopped praying, in particular for inner peace.
"Oilei na luvequ sa mai yali! Oilei na luvequ! (Oh my child is gone! Oh my child!)," Mrs Vere cried as she showed the photo of her son taken with her mobile phone.
"We still can't accept that he has gone. We still can't believe it, we are still shocked."
Mr Bulewa said his son had a good nature.
"He is two years and five months but he knew almost all the names of the people in this village. He never missed any moment to invite anyone who passed our house to join us every time we had our meals."
He said his son acted strangely in the days leading to his death.
"Every time we prayed, he would ask us to pray longer. He would kneel down on the ground and pray. It was strange to us. But when he had gone, we knew he was trying to tell us something.
"I was coming back from the farm on Wednesday and we were enjoying our lunch before he disappeared. His mother was looking for him in the village and the search continued at the river where she found him floating."
He said they were awaiting an official report from the police before funeral arrangements were finalised.
Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident and said they would await the post mortem examination results to help in their investigations.
The drowning toll now stands at 53.