The beginning of 2017 has become a very sad period for the family of Kaisara Tangatauli, of Fa’atoia.
The 33-year-old was found dead in his car last week Friday.
This was confirmed by the Police Spokesperson, Su’a Muliaga Tiumalu.
“The deceased, his sister and his brother in law went on Thursday morning to drop off one of their family members at Satapuala because it was closer to the airport,” said Su’a.
“On their way back, the deceased's sister was driving while the deceased and his brother in law were sitting at the back of the car.”
The Police said a dispute broke out into a fight.
“The two were having a fist fight from Satapuala all the way to Fa’atoia. When they arrived home, the sister and her husband went in the house while the deceased went to sleep in the car.
“The next day one of the deceased's brother went to put up the windows of the car and found him inside the car. The brother tried to wake him up but there was no response. The family rushed him to the hospital but it was too late.”
Su’a said the Police have arrested a suspect who is scheduled to appear in Court on 23 January. He has been charged with murder.
It was not possible to get a comment from the family.
But people who knew Mr. Tangatauli said he was a wonderful person and he would be sorely missed.
A friend and a colleague Su’a Hesed Ieremia told the Samoa Observer he was very humble.
“Kaisara used to work at the Samoa Tourism Authority at our Human Resource Department and it was just last year that he resigned from here because he got a position at the Petroleum Products Supplies,” said Su’a.
“Kaisara is a harmless person, a very humble human being. He is someone that nobody will get angry at because he was very humble and harmless.
“If you had an argument with Kaisara he would not say anything that will make you get angry. He was a sensible and responsible guy and in our office here at S.T.A he would be the go to guy whenever we need anything done.”
Su’a recalls many special moments with Mr. Tangatauli.
“We would plan to go hiking because we wanted to lose some weight,” he said.
“He was a very dear friend to me and it’s sad to see someone who is harmless like him gone the way he did. I couldn’t believe how someone could do something like this to him.”
Su’a also recalled the day he was told of the news.
“It was on Friday when we were preparing for the Excellence Award that I was told of the news,” he said. “[And] as busy as we were on that day we paused, reflected and mourned the sudden passing of our dear friend.
“Like I said he was one of a kind friend he was loved by everyone here at S.T.A and even when he left for his new job we missed him here because of the kind of person he was.
“It was a shock when we were told of the news we couldn’t believe it and it still hurts when I think of all the good times we spend together.”
The Managing Director of P.P.S, Fanene Etuale Sefo, said Mr. Tangatauli was their Administration Manager.
“We are very saddened to hear of the unexpected passing of Kaisara,” he said.
“He was our Admin Manager and has only worked here since October last year. He was an excellent worker and will be sorely missed.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this difficult and sad time.”
Mr. Tangatauli’s Facebook page is full of his friends and families messages to him.
“I was showing your cousins your photos tonight telling them who you were to us all,” said Saipele Maika. “You were molded differently than most people.
“Kind and gentle heart, full of life, you were a blessing to us and all you meet. Can't believe you are really gone. Your memory will never fade. God needed the best. Love u sweet Sala. Sooner than later we will meet again. Te amo!!!!