Slain young soldier, family and friends mourn the loss of a ‘beautiful soul’

Sioeli ʻAholelei Finau was allegely stabbed during a brawl and family and friends said they are devastated by his death (Photo/Facebook)

The heart-broken family and friends of a young soldier with His Majesty’s Armed Forces fatally stabbed in a brutal attack in Nuku’alofa CBD Saturday night  11 say the pain of losing him is unimaginable.

A son of Tonga’s Pelehake community, Sioeli ‘Aholelei Finau, 24, was remembered as a smart, spirited young man.

He treasured his family and held to his Christian faith, his friends on Facebook say.

Finau was allegedly stabbed on the chest during a brawl happened around midnight near E.M. Jones Ltd. building.

His friends and family have described the situation as a loss  of a ”beautiful soul taken too soon”.

“So sad [because] he is so young and he had a bright future ahead but the good memories will forever filled the hearts of his loving families for eternity”, a Facebook user who sympathized with his family wrote.

Police have arrested a 25-year-old accused from Kolofo’ou with the knife allegedly used to kill the deceased.

The accused remains in custody to appear at the Nuku’alofa Magistrate’s Court on July 21.

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