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I Knew It Was My Son, It Broke My Heart: Father

It was a parent’s worst nightmare. As Police sought help to identify a body, victim of a road accident, Seremaia Bolatagici said: “I wish it was not my son.” Mr
07 Jul 2016 12:38
I Knew It Was My Son,  It Broke My Heart: Father
amily of the deceased Emosi Ramotu, from back: Mereseini Waqabaca Wara (mother), Seremaia Bolatagici (father), Front: (siblings) Seruwaia Senilolokula, Eliki Ravusai, Jone Raciva at Tovata yesterday. Inset: The late Emosi Ramotu . Photo: Vilimoni Vaganalau

It was a parent’s worst nightmare.

As Police sought help to identify a body, victim of a road accident, Seremaia Bolatagici said: “I wish it was not my son.”

Mr Bolatagici, 50,  said he first heard on the radio that Police were seeking assistance from family members to identify a man believed to be between 20 to 30 years old, who died in an accident at Laqere on the Kings Road in Nasinu on Tuesday night.

“At first when I heard the news, I became suspicious but I then had to control myself,” he said.

“But when I heard the radio news the second time and Police gave the description of the person, I was shocked I knew it was my son, it broke my heart.”

Mr Bolatagici said he then went to Nasinu Police Station to give his report before going to CWM Hospital in Suva.

“I was really shocked when I saw the body of my son. My eyes could not believe that it was Emosi.”

Emosi Ramotu, 25, was crossing the road when he was allegedly hit by a minibus driven by a 40-year-old man.

He was pronounced dead upon arrival at the CWM Hospital.

Emosi was a self-employed construction worker residing with his family in Tovata Settlement. He was eldest of the seven siblings in the family.

Tearful Mr Bolatagici said: “For the last two to three weeks Emosi has been residing at his uncle’s place in Nakasi.

“He came home last night (Tuesday night) to Tovata to look for two construction workers to work for his uncle,” he said.

Mr Bolatagici said he was happy when he son came home and they had dinner together.

“When Emosi told me that he was looking for two construction workers, I gave my name and my neighbour’s name,” he said.

“He then left home around 8pm on Tuesday,” he said.

Mr Bolatagici said he was waiting for his son’s call in the morning to be picked up and go to the construction site but he never called.

“I had no idea he was dead in the hospital.” he said.

“My son meant the world to me and I will never be able to forget him.

“My world has completely changed after his death.”

Mr Bolatagici said he was happy that his son had recently joined the New Methodist Christian Fellowship.

“Emosi had planned to extend our house and we were also planning for his wedding.

“I will now live with his memories.

“He was a very good, hardworking and helpful person.”

Mr Bolatagici said he wished that his son’s soul may rest in peace.

Edited by Nemani Delaibatiki

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