After tragedy, Leifiifi Service Station reopens

By Soli Wilson 17 August 2020, 8:00PM

After it was the scene of a tragic case of domestic violence resulting in two deaths earlier this year, the Leifi'ifi Service Station has reopened and renovated. 

The new and improved and now brightly coloured petrol station, owned by business man, Lake Ah Chong and his wife, Bella Devoe, opened its doors to the public last week.

The petrol station was the scene of a nightmare crime in March when a man and a woman were found dead and the gas station set alight on a Saturday afternoon. The Police ruled that the tragedy was a result of domestic violence.

An eyewitness, who was at the scene of the incident but refused to identify himself, told the Samoa Observer that a man went to the gas station to confront his wife and got into an argument with her.

He said the unidentified man allegedly started the fire and walked into the gas station where he stabbed the wife.

She attempted to escape but was killed in front of a neighbouring funeral home. Her body was discovered with her throat slashed near the road and Ligaliga Funeral Services’ parking lot.

The man was later found dead in the church grounds next to the station after taking his own life.

The burning of the gas station occurred at around 12pm (local time) with the Samoa Fire and Emergencies Service and the Police soon arriving on the scene.

The deceased woman was in her 20s and was identified as Fa'aselega Vailoaloa Tuna from Iva, Faasaleleaga Sava’ii and Sala'ilua, according to a family member of the gas station owner.

The deceased woman did not have any children.

It was not possible to get a comment from the owners of the station, Mr. and Mrs. Ah Chong.

But parents of the Apia Primary School which is located across the road from the petrol station are welcoming the new transformation and commending the impressive recovery of the business.

“We appreciate their effort to fix up the gas station so quickly, and altering what was, for weeks," said a parent.

“[It was] a very sad sight for everyone who had passed by. Congratulations to them."

By Soli Wilson 17 August 2020, 8:00PM

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