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Death of Man during Party Shocks Wife

Death of Man during Party Shocks Wife
Kelera Ah Sing Verebasaga holds a photo of her husband, Apete Verebasaga on the phone on July 1, 2018. INSET: Apete Verebasaga. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa
July 02
11:24 2018

Kelera Ah Sing Verebasaga, 33, had a premonition about her husband’s constant drinking.

She worried that something would happen to him because he was always away from home, drinking with friends.

That fear manifested itself on Saturday when her husband, Apete Verebasaga, died during a drinking party with friends at Votualevu, Nadi.

While Police investigations are continuing it is understood he fell onto the road from a car he was in and suffered serious head injuries.

He was rushed to Nadi Hospital, but the 33-year-old engineer from Bau, Tailevu, was pronounced dead on arrival.

“We have been married for 12 years and we had our first child after six years of marriage,” Ms Verebasaga said.

“Now we have three children and most of the time he is away drinking with friends.

“I kept asking him several times to change and think about our three beautiful children.

“I was always worried because he had a drinking problem and if it continued it would end up somewhere bad.

“Now this has happened and he had always told me that if something ever happened, he trusted me to look after our children and never get married again.”

She pledged to stand by her marital vows.

“I am going to keep the promise I made to my late husband. My heart is at peace because I’ve got my three children to remind me of him,” Ms Verebasaga said.

“I will be playing the role of a mother and father to our children.”

Mr Verebasaga’s 55-year-old mother, Aseri Naivou, said: “Apete was a happy man and everyone in the neighbourhood knew the type of person he was.

“There would be laughter everywhere he went because he loved to joke with people.”

Mr Verebasaga is survived by his wife, mother, three siblings and three children.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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