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Dad: Epeli Was My Close Friend

A father who idolises his son as his best friend is still devastated with the loss of the university student who passed away early yesterday morning at the Colonial War Memorial
27 Apr 2016 12:05
Dad: Epeli Was My Close Friend
The late Epeli Duaibe (right), with his mother. Photo: Facebook

A father who idolises his son as his best friend is still devastated with the loss of the university student who passed away early yesterday morning at the Colonial War Memorial hospital in Suva.

Father Semi Duaibe, a Subject Coordinator for Foundation Studies Programme at the University of the South Pacific, is emotionally overwhelmed with the news of his son’s tragic death.

Epeli Duaibe, who is the second victim of the tragic car crash on Sunday off Ratu Mara Road was a first cousin of first victim, Kitione Tukana, who earlier died after the accident on Sunday; and younger brother Eliki who is still recovering at the Suva hospital.

Epeli was also a close friend of Atu Rokosuka who is the fourth passenger in the car crash and still in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at CWM hospital.

Mr Duaibe said his son was a dear friend who would be missed dearly.

“His like my soul mate with a very kind and loving heart and he had started growing up as a young man,” Mr Duaibe said.

For someone who was filled with life and love, Mr Duaibe shared the relationship he had with his son and the loving gesture he showed towards his family and loved ones.

“Epeli looks after his cousins that’s why they always come to get him because they look after one another and have each other’s back, his somebody who is very protective for the people whom he loves,” Mr Duaibe said.

“He has a very loving heart and always gives his things away even his own belongings and we are always worried to give him things because we think he might give it away.

“I feel like somebody who is homeless without his company and his presence in the family. We were also planning to send him to United States in July and we were looking forward to that but now it’s all gone.”

Epeli’s funeral will be held on Monday and the theme decided by the family is ‘Celebration of Life’.

“I cried and asked the Lord why but at the end of the day I realised that God gives and also takes away,” he said.

“Epeli that’s the end of the road for him and the other siblings will have to carry on with the good fight to help them be successful in life and most importantly prepare for the Kingdom of God.”

 

Mother still coming to terms with son’s death

Salote Tukana is still coming to terms with the loss of her son, Kitione Tukana.

Salote and her husband Kiti were in Sydney, Australia, when they heard the news of their sons in hospital after a tragic accident on Sunday at Ratu Mara Road.

“When we were in Sydney and we received the news the first question I asked was where was my youngest son,” she said.

“Everybody in the house kept quiet which made me suspect that something was wrong but then my sister spoke to me and told me he is stable and it’s just the other two in a serious condition.”

Kitione the older of the two brothers died after arriving at the Suva hospital while younger brother, Eliki, is still recovering at the hospital.

“It will be a very painful experience for us burying him on Friday because we never expected this to happen,” she said. Edited by Rusiate Mataika

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