Mum recalls last moments with son

(L-R) Marika Rua's mother Tarusila Saukuru and (blue) cousin Miriama Navue at their home in Yavusania, Nadi. Picture: REPEKA NASIKO

SIXTEEN year old Marika Rua dreamt of taking care of his elderly parents once he found a job after school.

But that dream would never be realised after he was tragically killed in a car crash in Nabou, Nadroga over the weekend.

Yesterday his mother, Tarusila Saukuru, could not hold back her tears when she recalled her final moments with her son.

“I was supposed to see him after he returned from the game in Suva,” she said.

“My husband and I were in Nadroga attending a funeral when he called us saying that he would wait for us near Lomawai.”

She said while at the funeral she heard of a major car crash, but never imagined that he would be one of the victims.

“I was in church when my sister came and told me about what happened. “At first I didn’t want to believe it because we had spoken over the phone in the morning. “But when we started seeing pictures I knew that he was in that accident.”

She said the Ratu Navula College student was a quiet young man who dreamt of taking care of them.

“He kept telling us that he would repay us for letting him attend school in Nadi. “He was our only hope. Our only son.”

Marika’s cousin Miriama Navue said she was heartbroken.

“He was deeply loved,” she said.

“Marika always liked to play and make young kids laugh. They know they lost a good friend.” The Year 10 student was one of the six people who died in the tragedy.

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