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Deepika laid to rest

She was kind and loyal, friends say By ZAFIYA SHAMIM Tears flowed as the late eighteen-year-old, Deepika Rani Kumar, was finally laid to rest at the Nasinu Cemetery yesterday. Deep
02 Feb 2014 07:54

She was kind and loyal, friends say

By ZAFIYA SHAMIM

Tears flowed as the late eighteen-year-old, Deepika Rani Kumar, was finally laid to rest at the Nasinu Cemetery yesterday.
Deep sadness gripped the hundreds who gathered at the Naulu Anglican Parish church in Nakasi to pay their final respects to the teenager.
Young Deepika left Fiji on the September 7, under the guidance of St Christopher’s Home, in Naulu, to attend the Parachute Festival, in Waikato, New Zealand.  She was rushed to hospital last Saturday after her body was discovered in a motel pool.
She died in Waikato Hospital last Sunday.
Her high school friend, Shayal Sonika Kumar, 18, said they met two years ago and became good friends when Deepika joined Nakasi High school.
“I will miss everything about Deepika, especially her smile,” Shayal said.
She said Deepika was a very good-hearted person and also a very loyal friend.
Another friend Ilaisa Tulele Senimila, 19, said she was a very honest and loving person.
“It is hard to believe that she is no more, she will be missed a lot,” Ilaisa said.
Saint Christopher’s Home sister-in-charge, Sister Kalolaini, said Deepika came into the home on December 2011.
”Deepika was supposed to come back to Fiji and start her journalism course at the University of the South Pacific next week as she had been granted a scholarship,” Sister Laini said.
She said Deepika’s death had been a great loss for the home and church.




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