Tributes flow for Fuʻamotu father killed by teen

Tributes continued to build up and flow on social media for the father who was killed in a tragic incident in Fuʻamotu on Sunday.

The 36-year-old Lipine Fakatene was allegedly stabbed to death at the scene before he was taken to hospital.

A teen age boy, 19, has been charged with murder in connection to Fakatene’s death.

Police told Kaniva News the incident was linked to “youth fight” that has been in the village for some time.

A relative told us Fakatene was married and have two children.

The Fu’amotu community in Tonga and overseas were united by the incident and shared tributes for the victims on social media.

Some shared their concerns about the ongoing fights among the village youth.

A photo, purported to show Fakatene and his two children was posted to Facebook this morning by a friend, Visone Fehoko.

Fehoko made an emotional tribute in Tongan for Fakatene and shared how he remembered him in the past.

“R.I.P brother. Mingling with him is unforgettable and sad that he is parting with us. His loss devastated us”.

In response Seti Anne Niuafe wrote, “ Feel sorry for the kids…..with their innocent look without knowing they have lost their father,” referring to the photo of Fakatene with his kids.


R.I.P Toko fkgalogata’a koe feohi moe tokoua pea fkmamahi koe teu mavae mo koe, koe mole aee taha ku ogo ia kihe…

Posted by Visone Fehoko on Monday, January 18, 2016

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