THE chiefly village of Viseisei in Lautoka has decided to provide a sacred gift to the grieving Tongan man who lost his wife and seven-month-old daughter in a brutal attack last Wednesday.
This after the yavusa Sawaieke met and agreed that Sisi Patolo, 33, and baby Sarah be buried at the clan's burial ground, located right next to where the late President and Tui Vuda, Ratu Josefa Iloilo, was interred.
Taukei Sawaieke Ratu Tevita Momoedonu yesterday confirmed the funeral arrangements.
He said clan members met and agreed to have the deceased laid to rest at the village.
Ratu Tevita said his family had traditional family ties in Sawana, Vanuabalavu, which was home to some Tongans.
"My grandmother is from Sawana and has strong family ties to the people of Tonga. In fact, most people from Sawana are originally from Tonga like my grandmother," he said.
"This is one of the reasons I personally asked the family of the deceased to be buried at our family burial grounds."
He said he had also approached leaders of the Methodist Church in the village to have the funeral service at the Jone Wesele Church in Viseisei.
Mokai Patolo, the husband and father of the deceased, thanked Ratu Tevita and his family for their generosity.
"I never dreamt that my wife and baby will be buried in a chiefly village alongside the past chiefs of Vuda," he said.
"I can't thank Ratu Tevita enough for having the heart to reach out and give a memorable burial to my wife and baby daughter."
The funeral service for Sisi Patolo, 33 and baby Sarah will commence at 10am on Friday.
The duo were allegedly murdered inside their home, outside Viseisei by 22-year-old Priya Dharshani.
Ms Dharshani appeared in court last weekend charged with two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.
Three of the deceased's children are still admitted at the Lautoka Hospital.