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Ex-Contestant’s Death Shocks Committee Members

Ex-Contestant’s Death Shocks  Committee Members
The late Akuila Salavuka.
May 24
12:41 2018

Members of the Duavata Northern Crime Prevention committee have expressed shock at news of the death of Akuila Salavuka, who was crowned king of its 2016 carnival.

Mr Salavuka, 23, was found dead lying in a pool of blood after 10pm on Thursday night (May 17) at the Suva foreshore.

Duavata Northern Crime Prevention carnival committee chairperson Satish Kumar said committee members were shocked to hear of the unfortunate death.

“I believe in the Fiji Police Force and surely justice will prevail and on behalf of the committee we would like to send our condolences to the family,” Mr Kumar said.

“In 2016 he won the Mr Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival king crown and said he wanted to advocate on suicide prevention.”

Mr Kumar said Mr Salavuka contributed a lot during his time with the committee and it was unfortunate to hear that he was a fatality in a crime.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said initial reports received indicated that Mr Salavuka was accompanied by another person before he was found dead.

Ms Naisoro said the victim was identified on Monday by a fellow Fiji National University student, who came forward after reading the request for information for identification by the Fiji Police Force.

She said investigations were continuing.

Meanwhile, the SODELPA family is also mourning Mr Salavuka’s death.

He was the SODELPA Youth Council Member for the Nasinu Constituency.

SODELPA Youth officials said Mr Salavuka was elected to the position unanimously at the SODELPA Youth’s inaugural AGM in 2017.

His involvement with SODELPA Youth included organising awareness meetings with constituency youth groups and participating in party events.

“Akuila had to overcome many challenges in life; in education and losing both his parents. It is most devastating that his journey had to be cut short as he neared his academic pinnacle, with this being his last year in the Bachelor of Commerce programme at FNU Nasinu,” SODELPA Youth said in a statement.

“Akuila was studying and doing well at FNU. He was part of the Tacirua SODELPA Youth and was very active in various community programmes.”

Mr Salavuka, who is originally from Namuavoivoi, Bua, will be laid to rest tomorrow (Friday) and the church service is expected to be held at the Nayavaloulou Methodist Church at Tacirua, Suva.

The post-mortem examination report received by the family cited the cause of death as severe subarachnoid haemorrhage (severe brain haemorrhage).

Edited by Epineri Vula

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