Emotion ran high at Taufa’āhau roadsides as the funeral cortege of the Chinese couple’s bodies was led by a Police vehicle to the Fua’amotu International airport.
Mr and Mrs Wen’s bodies, which were found with stab wounds in a bush allotment in Matafonua on February 25, left Tonga to China this afternoon.
Victorina Kioa told Kaniva News she met the couple’s funeral procession on the road.
“I was on my way back from USP after dropping my kids off. I just parked by the roadside while I was in tears. So sad,” she said.
There were reports on social media of motorists parking their vehicles at the roadsides to show their respect to the couple when their cortege was heading to the airport at noon.
As Kaniva News reported, Police have arrested two male teenagers 17 and 15 on March 1 and charged them with murder after the couple’s bodies were found.
The Hon. Prime Minister paid a tribute to the couple.
Hon. Pōhiva said words cannot express how deeply sad and disappointment he was to know that Mr. and Mrs. Wen were killed in a most violent way.
“I am also very sad to know that the alleged assailants are a 15 year old and a 17 year old”.
The couple used to sell vegetables at the Talamahu vegetable market as well as at road-side stalls in Fanga’o Pilolevu.
They were well-known to people who bought vegetables from them.