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Christmas Without Mum

Daughter of alleged hit and run victim reminisce mother’s presence during Christmas This is the first Christmas 13-year-old Alitia Naiobahali Ratubuli will spend without her mother. Her mother, Mereoni Kalini,
03 Dec 2016 11:00
Christmas Without Mum
From left:Elenoa Adimila Kunabuli(mr ratubuli's sister sister), Jill Talei Ratubuli (wife) Daughter Alitia Ratubuli,John Isaac Ratubuli(son),Merewai Torosi(13 yrs) at Voua in Nadroga yesterday. Photo:Litia Tikomailepanoni

Daughter of alleged hit and run victim reminisce mother’s presence during Christmas

This is the first Christmas 13-year-old Alitia Naiobahali Ratubuli will spend without her mother.

Her mother, Mereoni Kalini, 30, was found dead almost two months ago by the roadside near Volivoli Village near Sigatoka.

No one has been arrested in relation to her death.

It has since been classified an alleged hit-and-run case, but questions still remain unanswered.

“I really miss my mum and how I wish she was here to spend Christmas with us,” she said.

On Thursday Alitia’s family gathered to mark her mother’s 45th night since her death at Voua Village in Nadroga.

“For the past years, mum was with us and my we enjoyed ourselves during Christmas.

“This year it will be different,” Alitia said softly.

Ms Kalini was originally from Vatusekiyasawa in Ra and had four children with her ex-husband, Vinayara Ratubuli, a tattooist at Paco’s Tattoo in Sigatoka town.

Their children, Alitia, Miriama Ratubuli, eight, Peceli Ratubuli, six, and Isei Nayaravoro, one, are now being looked after by Mr Ratubuli and partner, Jill Talei.

Ms Talei said: “The children’s happiness is what is paramount right now, so we have moved here to be close to them.”

Ms Talei said they have faced challenges  but the support from Mr Ratubuli’s family has been great.  She said she was doing her best to keep the children happy and loved.

She was  Ms Kalini’s friend prior to her death.

“She was a wonderful and kind woman, and any mother would know how much she adored her children.

“We would also like to ask the public to come forward and help find the vehicle or the person who did this to Mereoni, so we can give justice to the children.”

Meanwhile, the family is planning to travel to Suva with all the children for Christmas.

Police Spokesperson Ana Naisoro also confirmed that no arrest has been made in relation to Ms Kalini’s death.

Edited by Paula Tuvuki

Feedback:  litia.tikomailepanoni@fijisun.com.fj

 

 


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