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Parents lament death of young son, suicide ruled out

Nanise Loanakadavu
Thursday, January 23, 2014

IT was the eve of January 16 when the Valetino family of Tacirua East was having a devotion as they prepared for another school year.

But their enthusiasm and excitement for the future was cut short when one of their sons was found dead outside their home.

Rokovale Valetino Jr, 10, a Class Six student of Christian Mission Fellowship Primary School was discovered outside his home by his neighbours.

Yesterday his parents Rokovale Valetino Sr and Mereoni Valetino struggled to contain their emotions as they recalled the tragic evening.

"Jr was playing alone outside while our cell group was having a prayer meeting," Mrs Valetino cried.

"We did not know what happened until our neighbour ran inside the house to inform my husband about it.

"I could not believe my eyes when I saw my son hanging from our clothes line."

She said they suspected her son lost his balance while standing on top of a piece of wood.

Mr Valetino said he conducted Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) to bring his son back to life but was unsuccessful.

"I tried everything, but it was too late," he said with tears streaming down his face.

"I rushed him to the hospital, but the nurse was not able to do anything."

When contacted yesterday police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed that it was not a suicide matter because the report indicated that he choked on his food and his airway was blocked.

"But we have forwarded the file to the crime officer where he will make a decision," she said.