Tongan residents in West Valley, Utah, United States have spoken of their shock after revelation one of their young community members has died.
Tupou Sēini Hōsea died suddenly on Tuesday.
Her uncle Gina Tuli has confirmed her death to Kaniva News.
Gina said Tupou Sēini was the only daughter of her sister Fusi Tuli Hōsea.
Authorities were unable to confirm whether the sudden death was deemed suspicious or not.
The tragedy left the Tongan West Valley community reeling as it mourned its second death within four days, after a 2-year-old toddler shot his head on Saturday.
As Kaniva News reported, Police have arrested the toddler’s father, Tasman William Alexander Maile and charged him with manslaughter.
One Tongan resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “I was shocked when my son told me this morning a Tongan girl at the Laumalie Ma’oni’oni church died.”
Friends and relatives of the deceased took to Facebook and spoke of their shock after Tupou Sēini’s death.
A Facebook user Mele Kaipa Hosea wrote:
“Such a beautiful young lady inside & out ❤ The smartest, the most talented, the social one, the one that always had a smile on her face, the obedient one, all around the BETTER one out of us 4 lol.. it has always been us 4, ALWAYS.. how are we supposed to go on w|out you? Haauuee Tupouseini my heart aches, I am so confused & I can’t wrap my mind around the fact that you’re no longer physically here w| us.. I know I should not question God’s timing & God’s work, but I refuse to accept that the time we have w| you has come to an end.. why’d you leave so soon Pou?! WHY?! ? Oku ou mate he ofa atu ki ho mata! Folau a my beautiful sister, ofa ke ke toka ‘i he nonga moe fiemalie ae ‘Otua ❤ I LOVE & MISSS YOU SO MUCH!!! ??.”
“My prayers goes out to the Hosea family as well as Moka, who is the 1st person I thought of when I heard the news. Ofa atu to you all may God comfort and heal your hearts during this time. Toka he nonga moe fiemalie sweet Pouseini Hosea, ikai ngalo ho fofonga malimali mo ho’o angalelei?? #Gone2Soon?,” one wrote.
“My prayers goes out to the Hosea family as well as Moka, who is the 1st person I thought of when I heard the news. Ofa atu to you all may God comfort and heal your hearts during this time. Toka he nonga moe fiemalie sweet Pouseini Hosea, ikai ngalo ho fofonga malimali mo ho’o angalelei?? #Gone2Soon?” another wrote.