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Roy's finally home

Torika Tokalau
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

"I ASKED God for a son and God gave me Roy. It was a privilege to have him, Roy brought out the best in me as a mother and I trust that God knew what was best for my son when he took him away." These were the words of Roy Ravana Jr's mother Sereima Ravana as she prepares to bury her son with family and friends this weekend.

She arrived with Roy Ravana Sr and her younger son Samuela from the US yesterday, bringing home Roy's body to his final resting place. He was killed in a shooting incident two weeks ago in Sacramento in the US.

"It wasn't hard for me to bring Roy's body back home because I saw it positively," Mrs Ravana said.

"It was God's time and we might think otherwise but as a believer, I believe that was the right time for Roy.

"It was already in God's plan and I am rest assured that I will see my son again soon."

Mrs Ravana said the only thing that she would miss was his presence.

"It is only the physical part like hugging and kissing him and not seeing him anymore that's hard for me.

"I still can't get over how he was shot but I know my son, he was very daring and he liked to help people. He did exactly what we all imagined him to do when he tried to help someone that day."

For Mr Ravana, the hardest part about his son's loss was seeing his body for the first time at the funeral home in America.

"To see him lying there not responding to your hellos and goodbyes, lying there quietly and realising that he will not be with us physically anymore. That was the most difficult.

"But we have accepted the fact that this is God's plan in his life and I believe in the span of my whole life I wouldn't be able to do the things that Roy squeezed in his 21 years.

The funeral service for Ravana Jr will be held on Saturday at Lambert Hall. He will be buried at the Suva cemetery.


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