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Litiana Will Miss Son’s Saturday Night Greetings

The habit of her son greeting her every Saturday night after her day at the market would now only be a memory for market vendor Litiana Cirivakaleca. Her son Leone
09 Dec 2014 09:30
Litiana Will Miss Son’s Saturday Night Greetings
Waisake Laulaba (right) and wife Litiana Cirivakaleca with a certificate of their son Leone Saumanavere. Inset: Leone Saunavere. Photos: Aqela Susu

The habit of her son greeting her every Saturday night after her day at the market would now only be a memory for market vendor Litiana Cirivakaleca.

Her son Leone Saunavere was swept away by strong currents while attempting to swim across the Vatudele Creek in Vorovoro, Dawasamu in Tailevu on Saturday morning.

Mrs Cirivakaleca last spoke with her son on Friday evening before she left for the Suva Market later in the evening.

Leone, who was also a member of the village’s Methodist Youth Fellowship, had wanted to swim across to Vorovoro Village to check on his fellow youth members who were preparing to perform at the youth bazaar in Davuievu, Nausori on Saturday.

“When I came home at midnight on Saturday I saw all my son’s youth friends at home so I asked them where he was and they just all looked down,” Mrs Cirivakaleca said.

“I suspected something and I started crying just as my husband’s brother came to me with the news.

“When they told me, I couldn’t believe it because he had just helped me prepare my produce for the market the previous day.

“When they told me the news I cried and told them that we should just go and look for him that same night. It really hurts us to lose him because we are both old and he was our only child that we have been living with.”

She said Leone had always assisted the couple in looking after the family’s plantation and doing whatever they needed.

His father, Waisake Laulaba, 67 cried as he described his last moments with his son.

“I accepted the news when I received it but within me it hurt too much because we had just had breakfast together a few minutes before he was swept away in the river,” Mr Laulaba said.

“He had told me that he was just going to check on something and then he will come back and now I am still waiting for him to come back.

“But now that his yellow overall has been found, I know that he has really died.”

Meanwhile, the Police and villagers of the district of Dawasamu in Tailevu are still searching for his body.

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