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Family mourns loss of members (By Felix Chaudhary)

TANUA Willie keeps staring at the brand-new guitar he bought for his guitarist son, Tabuia Tanua.

Sadly, he will never get to hear Tabuia play again.

"He was self taught, music just flowed through him, nobody taught him music, it was a part of his life," Mr Willie said.

The 25-year-old musician, student pilot and entrepreneur was tragically killed when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

"A father should never have to bury his son. I cried when I heard he was gone but I'm a relig-ious man and I have to accept that these things happen," he said.

An Air Pacific pilot himself, Tanua said the guitar was a special gift.

"He was going to use it for the first time at his brother Obaia's wedding, planned to take place in three weeks. We have decided to defer the wedding for now."

"He was a good boy. He was so happy on Monday, he started renovating my kitchen and then in the afternoon he got all the boys together and they played rugby touch. In the evening he gathered a few people and they played music. He was in such a good mood," he said.

Tabuia, two of his sisters and an adopted brother were members of Lautoka-based band, Tangaroa.

The group had entertained a few times at the Northern Club in Lautoka.

"I think that was when he was at his happiest, playing music and seeing people enjoy themselves," Tabuia's father said.

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Comment by NDTeariki on September 6, 2010 at 12:53pm
Ti rotaki naba n te rawawata n ongora te sad news ni buaia tarira, mwanera, natira, tibura aika a tangiraki n te kabuanibwai ae riki ao ti uataboa naba rawawatami ara utu iaon Nadi, Rabi ao Kiribati mai ikai. Rest In Peace natira, mwanera, tarira ao tibura aika kam tangiraki. Pls ane ataa aia phone #s Tanua, Teariki ke Eritabeta, taiaoka ti kainnanoia.
Love you all. Families in USA.
Comment by Biara Touakin on September 2, 2010 at 4:59pm
Ara taeka naba n rainanoanga nakon Tanua ma am utu ngaira am utu naba ikai i Rambi.
Comment by Asinta Touakin on September 2, 2010 at 3:37pm
miss you heaps bro!!! ea kaawa Bembe ao Isaac!! ma bon iai katauam iroun te Uea :'(..... nako ma te rau ao tia manga kakaitibo nte aba n rau!!!!!
Comment by Tamaki Bakia on September 2, 2010 at 1:10pm
our condolescences to your Son......
My friends and I wish that he has a peaceful sleep.

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