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Tuiwai: My Son Was So Hardworking

Post mortem results reveal that Ilison Qumi died of injuries caused by a vehicle   Wati Tuiwai’s muffled cries was drowned by the solemn Fijian hymns which echoed through a
06 Aug 2016 10:05
Tuiwai: My Son Was  So Hardworking
Ilisoni Qumi was laid to rest at Vatunibale Cemetery in Labasa. Photo JOSAIA RALAGO

Post mortem results reveal that Ilison Qumi died of injuries caused by a vehicle

 

Wati Tuiwai’s muffled cries was drowned by the solemn Fijian hymns which echoed through a make-shift tent in Vulovi, Labasa as her son was laid to rest.

Ilisoni Qumi, 35, was the victim of the alleged hit-and-run incident near the Fiji Sugar Corporation’s Labasa Mill last Sunday.

He was laid to rest the Vatunibale Cemetery yesterday.

Mrs Tuiwai said her son was well-mannered and friendly.

“He was also a very hardworking boy, quick to forgive and he always apologises when he knew it was required,” Mrs Tuiwai said.

“He always wanted to be a priest when he was growing up and was a loyal church-goer.”

Her grief brought tears to the eyes of many present at the funeral service.

Mrs Tuiwai who travelled from Suva on Wednesday said she was still trying to come to terms with her eldest son’s death.

“I miss my son and I am still shocked that he has left us,” she said.

“Seeing your child pass away while you’re still alive is something that a parent should not have to go through. It is very painful.”

Mr Qumi who resided in Lekutulevu, outside Labasa was a yaqona farmer but would also go fishing to earn money.

Jovilisi Bosucu, Mr Qumi’s friend, who was with him on the night of the incident said they had been drinking kava at Bulileka Village and continued at his house in Vulovi.

Mr Bosucu said the deceased had gone to town to drop one of his friends after their kava session and that was the last they made contact.

Asaeli Tamanitoakula of Lekutulevu, Labasa had been a father figure to the deceased ever since his family moved to Suva four years ago.

He said Mr Qumi so much was an important contributor to his communities’ development.

The deceased would always avail himself for communal duties like in helping to build the church and village hall, Mr Tamanitoakula said.

Police spokesperson Inspector Jokatama Qio said that post mortem results showed that Mr Qumi sustained injuries caused by a motor vehicle.

Mr Qio said that the case’s investigation file had been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) office for sanctioning.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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