The life of a Tongan student at Waikato University is being remembered by peers, family and churchgoers tonight in a religious vigil at the Onehunga Catholic chapel.
Keleiola Pifeleti died in Hospital Thursday 20 after suffering serious injuries following a car accident on Monday
New Zealand Police were unable to immediately provide details of the accident to Kaniva News when they were contacted today Sunday 23.
Close friends of the deceased’s family who did not want to be identified said Ms Pifeleti would be laid to rest tomorrow.
Friends and family have expressed their sorrow and loss for the 19-year-old on social media.
Her cousin Helena Tauelangi wrote on Facebook: “You’ve been such an inspiration to many, shared your love, talent, and your humor….I still can’t believe your [sic] gone… Miss you to the end of the world….you’ve touch our heart and we all know that God needed you more than we needed you…..just hearing your voice at the end just makes me smile coz [sic] all you ever did was smile……we love you endlessly Rest In Peace cuzzy [sic] Kei”
A friend wrote: “God has other plans for you KJ, fly high little Angel, love to you and your family especially your mum and your brothers”.
Pifeleti’s death comes after Tongan 22-year-old Lavi Taimani was recorded as New Zealand’s first road crash victim for 2015 in January.