Vava'u teen commits suicide after fall-out with girlfriend

UPDATED 4/08: The teenager who fatally shot himself in Vava’u in an incident police described as a suicide was ‘Eliesa Taumoefolau of the village of Tu’anekivale.

Police released the name of the victim to a local newspaper saying they found out that Taumoefolau allegedly fell out with his girlfriend in a social night held at one of the Mormon Church’s ward.

Police spoke with the girl who is a student at Vava’u High School.

It said Taumoefolau, a student at Saineha High School arrived at his home drunk. He invited his neighbour, Suli Taufa for a drink but Taufa refused.

Taumoefolau then went into his house and came outside with his father’s gun.

He told Taufa that he was going to shoot himself.

Despite attempts to interfere by Taufa, Taumoefolau placed the barrel in his chest and fired.

Police investigation continues.

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