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Love waited in vain for Roy Ravana

Margaret Wise
Thursday, June 12, 2014

ROY RAVANA had texted his high school sweetheart just an hour before his tragic demise in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday in Sacramento, United States.

And Finau Tabakaucoro revealed she had been "bugging" the former high school 400metres champion recently to return home to Fiji.

"I feel like I'm having a bad dream," the 20-year-old cousin of sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro shared.

"He texted me at about 7am and apologised about not communicating over the past two weeks. He said he didn't have access to internet and would go online soon. I then went online to check and saw a condolence post on his wall from a friend in Sacramento. I emailed that person to ask if it was true. I just found it hard to believe."

Tabakaucoro said she knew her boyfriend of three years was in a difficult situation and felt for him.

"He lost his scholarship at Iowa Community College around October last year and returned to Fiji.

"Then a coach from Louisiana contacted him and the arrangement was for him to go sit his SAT in California. So he returned and waited in Sacramento but the Louisiana deal was taking its time. So he was struggling and I kept telling him to come back and wait here. He didn't have the money to pay for his fare so he said he would work and save.

"Then recently he started playing rugby for Sacramento Lions Rugby Club and it seemed like things were getting better. I have also been told that his scholarship for Louisiana also just came through."

Sacramento Lions head coach and former Flying Fijians rep Ifereimi Tawake said a fundraising was planned for this Saturday to assist Ravana with his education.

He attributed Sacramento's rugby success this year to Ravana who played in the wing position.

Two juveniles have been arrested in relation to the incident.

In a condolence message to the Ravana family, Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama said the death was a "terrible tragedy".

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