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June 13
09:32 2014

Best of buddies... (from left) William Lewesi, Jone Veisamasama, and Roy Ravana in 2012.

Veisamasama misses his brother, schoolmate Ravana Junior


Former Marist Brothers High School headboy Jone Veisamasama says the late Roy Ravana Junior was a joyful and a hardworking person.
Veisamasama knew Ravana since they attended Veiuto Primary School together from Class 1 to 8 where Jone became the school’s headboy in 2007.
They later attended Marist Brothers High School in 2008 and were in the same class until 2012.
This was also the same year he farewelled Ravana who went on to study in IOWA Central Community College. The duo was part of the Marist Brothers High School athletics team from 2008 to 2012.
“He was a really nice person. It’s sad that he will not be with us now,” Veisamasama said.
“I could remember him at Veiuto when we were in same class and he always played tricks with us and always enjoyed every moment.
“He always got us into trouble and when we got the telling off from the teachers, he would treat it as a laughing matter.”
Veisamasama, 21, said Junior’s success on the tracks was through his hard work and perseverance.
“He kept on training. I knew him when we started as junior boys together. We were training partners, he always wanted to be the best. He kept training till he got a scholarship to study in the US.
“His death came as a shocking news to us and it is hard to believe that he has gone. Everything now has come to a stop,” Veisamasama said emotionally.
“My brother has left behind memories that we will always cherish forever.”
The Marist Old Boys USA branch sent in their condolence message for the late Roy Ravana Junior yesterday.
In a statement the MOBUSA said they were awaiting the Police investigation into Ravana’s death to be completed before they made further arrangements.
“This news has come in as a shock to everyone and we are all mourning the loss of Ravana Jnr,” the statement said.
“We were supposed to have a gathering this Friday but this has been put on hold since the Police are still carrying out investigation on his case.
“When the investigation is completed and funeral arrangements has been finalised by the family then we will give in our support for the funeral arrangement for Roy.”
The MOBUSA association further stated that Roy was an obedient kid who was also a good rugby player for the Sacramento Lions Rugby Club.
“Most of us agreed that Ravana was a very good kid who listens and was a productive rugby player for the Sacramento Lions rugby club, coached by former national coach, Ifereimi Tawake,
“A lot of people are still in a shock and we can see their comments being posted up on Facebook,” the statement said.

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