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Family Recalls ‘Heart-breaking’ Loss Of Three Members

In less than a month, a Nasinu family are heartbroken and still trying to come to terms with the loss of three family mem­bers.
27 Dec 2019 13:35
Family Recalls ‘Heart-breaking’ Loss Of Three Members
Suliasi Veitokiyaki, 32 , lost his brother and parents in one month. INSET: A Cross is placed at the drain in Nadera, where the 16 year-old Francisco Humphrey drowned and died. Photo: Ronald Kumar

In less than a month, a Nasinu family are heartbroken and still trying to come to terms with the loss of three family mem­bers.

On November 11 this year, the family lost their youngest sibling, 16-year-old Francisco Humphrey, in a drowning incident.

Francisco drowned while try­ing to retrieve a rugby ball from a drain in Nadera, Nasinu.

He was swept away by swift flow­ing floodwaters. Twenty days after that incident, Francisco’s mother Alivina Kaloudau, 43, died from a heart attack.

A day later, her husband, Francis­co’s father, Vakacegu Humphrey, 62, passed away. Mr Humphrey had suffered from stroke for 13 years.

Francisco’s elder brother, Suliasi Veitokiyaki, 32, said it was really heartbreaking for the family to ac­cept the deaths.

He recalled when Francisco passed away – his mother had lost all hope of living.

Suliasi Veitokiyaki, 32 , lost his brother and parents in one month.

Suliasi Veitokiyaki, 32 , lost his brother and parents in one month.

“My mother told her friend that she did not know why she was alive when her youngest was gone,” he said.

“My brother was very cheeky and we used to bully him in a brotherly way – but when he left us, we all missed him very much.”

Overwhelmed with pain, Mr Vei­tokiyaki has numerous questions about life and its purpose.

“It was really hard for me and my family to accept their deaths. We had lost our youngest brother and then parents.

“From the thousands of people here in Fiji and the world, God chose my family. We don’t know for what purpose but maybe it was because God wanted us to be inde­pendent and make our own deci­sions.”

On Wednesday, Mr Veitokiyaki was emotional as he recalled their last Christmas together.

“I had called my mother and I told her to send Francisco to me as we were going have a pork feast to cel­ebrate Christmas with our dad.

“Last Christmas, all of us nine siblings were spending our holi­days here with our parents.”

For now, Mr Veitokiyaki is taking some time off from work. He is a pastry chef.

“I just don’t have the strength to go back to work and focus on work,” he said.

A Cross is placed at the drain in Nadera, where the 16 year-old Francisco Humphrey drowned and died. Photo: Ronald Kumar

A Cross is placed at the drain in Nadera, where the 16 year-old Francisco Humphrey drowned and died. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Edited by Rosi Doviverata

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