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Father Grieves For Only Daughter, 6

I still can’t believe our princess left us,” cried grieving father, Viliame Waqasiwa, 44, who lost his only daughter, Leah Waqasiwa, 6, at Nacula Village in Labasa on Friday afternoon.
18 Nov 2018 10:41
Father Grieves For Only Daughter, 6
Viliame Waqasiwa with his wife, Losalini Waqasiwa, and two sons, Inoke Waqasiwa (left) and Sunia Rawala (back) showing a photo of Leah Waqasiwa as they gathered inside the house at Nacula Village in Labasa on November 17, 2018. . Photo: Shratika Naidu. .

I still can’t believe our princess left us,” cried grieving father, Viliame Waqasiwa, 44, who lost his only daughter, Leah Waqasiwa, 6, at Nacula Village in Labasa on Friday afternoon.

“I returned from work at around 5.30pm and my son, Inoke Waqasi­wa, 9, asked me where princess was and I replied that I just entered the house,” said Mr Waqasiwa.

“Inoke told me that after school finished he and his friends went swimming in the nearby river.

“He chased Leah from the river and told her to go home and upon his return after two hours she was found missing.

“So, I immediately informed the villagers and we all searched for her in the village and river,” the father-of-three said.

“Then we informed the Police and their special team managed to find princess in the river around 9pm.

“We are really in shock.”

His wife, Losalini Waqasiwa, 43, said just a day before (Thursday) she took Leah to the salon for a haircut.

“She was complaining that during this hot weather she was irritated by her long hair and couldn’t focus in school,” Mrs Waqasiwa said.

“She was our only daughter, the youngest in the family, full of fun and always sought attention by making jokes.

“She wanted to become an air hostess. Next week was her prize giving ceremony at Gurunanak Pri­mary School in Labasa.

“Now all plans got ruined.”

Leah was in Year 1.

Divisional Police Commander (DPC) Northern Senior Superinten­dent of Police (SSP) Eparama Waqa confirmed the incident.

“We received a report and immedi­ately deployed a team and the body was recovered after few hours on the same day,” SSP Waqa said.

“The post-mortem examination will be conducted soon.”

Meanwhile, Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the drowning death toll now stood at 26 compared with 21 for the same period last year.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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