Alaska’s Tongan community plead for gunmen to come forward after fatal shooting

Kuo ui e komiuniti Tonga 'i Anchorage, Alaska 'i 'Amelika ki he ongo tāngata tukuaki'i ne na fai e tāmate fakalilifu 'o e toko taha Tonga ko Siosaia Finau ke na tukulolo 'o ō hake ki he kau polisi. Na'e fana'i tu'o 20 'a Siosaia fakatatau ki he lipooti 'a e mitia pea 'oku kei hola pe 'a e tokoua 'oku tukuaki'. 'Oku pehē 'e he lipooti ko e tāmate 'eni tu'unga hano sāuni'i e mamahi 'i ha fefine na'e nofo 'i he 'apaatimeni ne fakahoko ai 'a e fana'.

A Tongan community in the United States is strongly urging those involved in the brutal killing of one of their sons to come forward.

Sosaia Finau was gunned down in an apartment building in Anchorage, Alaska on April 12.

Reports said the 22-year-old was shot 20 times after two teenage suspects arrived at the 4200 block of Mountain View Drive.

The apartment belonged to a woman.

KTUU-TV report said the suspects were Mickee Thompson and Robert Smith.

“Thompson is the woman’s ex-boyfriend, but she told police he still had a key.”

Sosaia’s father’s best friend Peni Kioa told Kaniva News the brutality of the murder has left the Tongan community reeling with shock and anger.

“It took the best parents in the whole world to raise this fine young man. Community and relatives , loving friends , and church leaders reach out to help shaping Sosaia Lausi’i Vaeamuni Finau the best we could for a good long 21 years,” Kioa said.

“After all our sacrifices it only took a minute to wipe him out of this world by only 2 heartless idiots. We demand justice for Saia Finau Jr,” Kioa said.

“We will never rest till justice is served in behalf of Saia Finau Jr.”

Sosaia was the oldest of five children.

“Family members say he spent time playing guitar, playing football for the Eagle River Broncos and even did commercial fishing out of Dutch Harbor last summer.”

Siosaia’s sister, Mel reportedly said her brother was shot 20 times,”I don’t know why someone would do that to him over a girl. It’s ridiculous.”

Kioa said yesterday May 1 the suspects were still on the run.


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