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Cousin Remembers Drowning Victim As A ‘Fun Guy’

University student Laisenia Lomavatu was remembered for his outgoing nature during a funeral service at Nadawa, Nasinu, yesterday – six days after he drowned in the Sigatoka River while trying
23 Jun 2018 12:14
Cousin Remembers Drowning Victim As A ‘Fun Guy’
Isoatui Tuitubou with friends and family members after the funeral of Laisenia Lomavatu.

University student Laisenia Lomavatu was remembered for his outgoing nature during a funeral service at Nadawa, Nasinu, yesterday – six days after he drowned in the Sigatoka River while trying to rescue friends.

Family members, friends and fellow students converged at the family home at Nadawa to offer their condolences to the family before the service.

Mr Lomavatu’s cousin — Isoatui Tuitubou, 19, described him as a “really fun guy to be around”.

“I could trust him with all my secrets,” he stated.

He added that he spent most of his time with Mr Lomavatu because he could connect well with his cousin.

Mr Tuitubou said the nature of their relationship could be described as a healthy competition.

“We always competed in who would make it to the rugby team or just pick up the bilo in the yagona ceremony,” he stated.

The cousins studied at the University of the South Pacific and grew up together as well.

Recalling the last conversation with his cousin, Mr Tuitubou said it was quite tough for him because he felt as if it was just yesterday.

He said the two last met at a church service where they discussed plans for Mr Lomavatu’s 21st birthday celebrations.

“Why did he have to die? The reality of life has been such that plans for such a special event in a person’s life could not be fulfilled.

Mr Tuitubou said his cousin’s life was useful in the sense that he saved a life by risking his own.

He shared his cousin’s cherished principle, which was to see the best in everything.

“For now we will cherish all the moments we had together and accept the fact that he is no more. Everything happens in God’s time,” Mr Tuitubou said.

Mr Lomavatu was laid to rest at the Vatuwaqa Cemetery yesterday.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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