Fiji Time: 9:16 AM on Wednesday 18 January

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / News

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.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.63860.6196
JPY 55.897952.8979
GBP 0.40050.3925
EUR 0.45630.4443
NZD 0.68890.6559
AUD 0.65100.6260
USD 0.48630.4693

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 17th January, 2017

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Kiribati grateful to Cakaudrove
  2. Breaking barriers
  3. Convicted Thai surrenders travel documents
  4. Reddy: No new reforms
  5. Kings join the race
  6. Bua accident claims second victim
  7. Brief showers forecast
  8. Jannat beats cancer
  9. Wheels on roads
  10. Regional security on forum agenda

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tragic end to village trip Wednesday (11 Jan)
  2. Brothers appear for alleged assault, granted bail Saturday (14 Jan)
  3. Barber opens new $75k investment Friday (13 Jan)
  4. Ryan wasn't a choice Wednesday (11 Jan)
  5. Police investigate officer's testimony Friday (13 Jan)
  6. Kinoya sinkhole discovery, traffic restricted Thursday (12 Jan)
  7. Tractor to help farmers overcome labour shortage Friday (13 Jan)
  8. Institution faces probe Friday (13 Jan)
  9. QVS opening delayed Sunday (15 Jan)
  10. Snap search uncovers contraband in remand centre Sunday (15 Jan)