“My heart scattered into a million pieces”

By Deidre Tautua-Fanene ,

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A SAD MOMENT FOR FAMILY: Tu’usa’o Misi with a photo of her beloved grandson, Uili Misi.

A SAD MOMENT FOR FAMILY: Tu’usa’o Misi with a photo of her beloved grandson, Uili Misi. (Photo: Deidre Fanene)

A grandmother has spoken about how difficult it is to have to bury her grandson.

Tu’usa’o Misi is the grandmother of 26-year-old, Uili Misi, who was killed on Sunday when he crashed a Bluesky vehicle at Fa’atoia. 

The deceased man lost control of the vehicle before it flipped. The Police said he died at the scene. Speaking to the Samoa Observer yesterday, Tu’usa’o said she is still trying to come to terms with their loss.

“When I heard about the news, my heart scattered into a million pieces,” she said.

She said the past few days has been very difficult for her family.

“I just don’t know what to do because I miss him very much,” said.

“Even at this very moment, it’s like I’m looking at him coming over to drop off some food for me and to ask if I had eaten and if there was anything that I needed. It’s those small things that I really miss."

“When I am angry at his aunties he would tell me ‘Mum don’t be angry, it’s not good for you, you need to calm down’. It’s very hard. I don’t want any parent to have to go through this.”

Tu’usa’o remembered her grandson as a hardworking person.

 “He is a very obedient person,” she said.

 “When he started working at Bluesky that’s where I saw his love for me and to everyone."

“Every time he gets paid, he will always give me $200 from his pay and he would buy all that is needed around the house."

“He would even take all the kids to McDonalds and feed them. Misi had a kind heart and he loved everyone equally especially his aunties who looked after him when his parents were separated."

“He loved his dad very much and he had a special place for me in his heart and that is why I love him so much.”

Misi is the eldest of Tu’usa’o’s grandchildren.

“I took care of him when he was just a baby,” she said. “His mother brought him to my house and I had cared for him ever since. She will only come to feed him and then she would leave him with me so I would bathe him, look after him, take him to the hospital when he’s sick."

“He was such a humble person and I miss him very much.”

According to Tu’usa’o, on the night of the incident, her grandson was drinking with some friends at their home.

“He fell asleep for about one hour and then he woke up around 4am to go to work,” she said.

“One of his aunts dropped him off to work at that time then she came back.”

She said Uili had taken the car to buy some noodles when it crashed.

“We didn’t know until a police officer came in the morning about 7 o’clock and told us that Misi is gone.”

He is the eldest of seven children.

The Police confirmed Uili’s death in a statement.

“At about 5.50am on Sunday 5th August 2018, Traffic Unit Apia responded to a traffic accident as Fa’atoia. 

“Upon arrival police confirmed a Bluesky Toyota Hilux Registration number 4409 driven by Misi Uili male 26 years of Maagao and Vaivase-uta lost control of the vehicle and caused it to flip over." 

“The said driver died at the scene and was transported to the Motootua Hospital.”

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