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Father laments loss

Siteri Sauvakacolo
Sunday, March 16, 2014

LIFE will never be the same again for Arieta Ravouvou.

The 11-year-old lost her twin brother Simeli Keleisolomone in a road accident in Nausori Town on Friday afternoon.

Keleisolomone, a mentally-challenged boy who was returning from school, was hit by a vehicle when he allegedly ran across the main road in town about 3pm.

His father, Niko Waqanibau from Vatoa in Bau, Tailevu, said the news of the death came as a shock to the family.

He said they were all doing their normal Friday routine when he received a call from a man from a neighbouring village.

The caller told him that his son was involved in a road accident.

"At first I didn't believe it but then I just thought to myself that I should go and see him (Simeli) believing that the accident was just a small one," Mr Waqanibau said.

"We were still making our way to Nausori when the call came that he was no more.

"I just tried my best not to think hard about it until I reached Nausori Health Centre where his body was."

Mr Waqanibau described their only son as an outgoing person who loved to joke with anyone.

Yesterday, a distraught mother Asenaca was still trying to come to terms with her only son's death.

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