Police not ruling out homicide in church hall death

The Police are not ruling out homicide as they continue their investigation to determine what happened to a fa’afafine who was found dead at a church hall in Taufusi last week.

This was confirmed by the Spokesperson for the Ministry of Police, Maotaoali’i Kaioneta Kitiona, during a press conference yesterday.

“We have not ruled out homicide in the death of this 19-year-old,” he said. “There were injuries on his body which we are investigating at this stage.”

Maotaoali’i confirmed that they have interviewed some people but no one has been charged.

Furthermore, he said the Police are seeking the support from members of the public with any information about the deceased fa’afafine, widely known as Jeanine Tuivaiki of Taufusi and Vaiusu.

“We are investigating all possibilities - including the fact that the deceased could have been beaten.”

The Spokesperson did not say how long the investigation would last.

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