Tongan US dies following brutal bar attack after attending father’s funeral

    A man died in Vaiola hospital last night after he was brutally attacked apparently during a fight inside Tali’eva bar in Nuku’alofa yesterday afternoon.

    Our correspondent in Tonga said the deceased, Sione Feimoefiafi of Utah, arrived in Tonga last month to attend his father’s funeral in Tongatapu.

    Feimoefiafi intended to return to US shortly but now his family is planning a funeral for him.  

    A vicious assault was captured on video and shows attackers punched a man in the head, kicked and dragged him to the floor. It has been claimed that the victim in the video was Feimoefiafi.

    At one stage he was seen being dragged from inside the bar outside where he was left motionless in a road while his attackers continued to kick him.

    Some people had been seen trying to intervene and break up the attack.

    The video had been widely shared on Facebook since yesterday. It looked like it has been downloaded and re-uploaded to Facebook by various Facebook users and groups.

    One share  has attracted 838 reactions, 566 comments and 317 shares.

    Another share has attracted 917 reactions, 317 comments and 225 shares.

    The video has been met with horror online.

    Many commenters have condemned the brutality and call on authorities to inflict the maximum penalty on those who were responsible for Feimoefiafi’s death.

    Authorities could not be reached for comments.

    12 COMMENTS

    1. Absolutely terrible. One of my friends was family friends with Mr. Feimoefiafi, this is such a terrible occurrence that is way too common nowadays. No one is safe even in their ancestral country; attacks with no reason just happen so often now. Truly heartbreaking. E hoʻomaha me ka maluhia, Mr. Feimoefiafi.

    2. Its very sad and emotional to see our kind act in such a way that I know damn well we were NOT raised that way. Alu eni taimi ia oku toe kovi a tonga ia he taimini. I use to love going back HOME to our FRIENDLY ISLAND & seeing families and having fun and just being surrounded by our people but NOW its like you have to becareful on where and when you go because of things like this. The way you guys act and move on certain accounts aren’t the way we was raised and brought up. Angaimanu aupito homou anga I swear. I’m sorry if I have to say it like that but that’s what it comes to. That’s what other people say and think when they see a bunch of grown ass men beating up one guy that wasn’t capable to fight back. Mou sio atu pe oku ikai toe lava o tuu let him be!!! You guys have to much PRIDE that yall think “NOBODY” can mess with you?? Hoi mea fklangalea mo fkma mooni ko moutolu. Hange koe lau e kau palangi KARMA will come around and go right back to you. It might not happen to you but it will come back to your kids or grandkids don’t think for one second that it wont happen. I have seen KARMA come back to those who thought they life was good and ohovale pe something bad happens. I just cant believe what I seen and how you all acted, and to the people that were all in the BAR. Ya some ASSHOLES don’t wanna help. I get its not your problem but all the TONGAN peoples I know from tonga would have done the right thing to stop it and not let them take a life when its over some PETTY ASS SHIT!!! Tonga what is going on??? The older generation in their 40’s down oua pehe oku mou hia he oku mo masoli moe atamai vale, hange pe nae ikai ke akonaki moutolu homou ongo matua. Hoiii e fkofa sii fae a Sione. Toki tanu atu ene hoa pea sio atu e toe tanu pe mo ene foha. I hope you 6 rott in JAIL or in HELL for what you did to Sione. Theres nothing wrong wit fighting but to take his life is another. SHAKING MY DAMN HEAD.

      You guys that was part of beating up Sione to his death i hope u rott in prison for the rest of your moui kihe ngataanga hoo moui.

    3. WHAT I DONT UNDERSTAND IS WHY EVERYONE AT THE BAR WAS STANDING AROUND AND DIDNT HELP HIM??? OKU MOU MASOLI? LIKE WHAT HAPPENS IF THAT WAS YOUR DAD? KAE TAAI PEHE O MAU VIDEO PEHE O TUU HOLO IKAI KE FAI ATU HA TOKONI??? TONGA WAKE UP IT WASNT LIKE THIS BEFORE SMH

    4. As a sign of respect and to give notice to local Tongans. All of us “muli” or overseas based Tongans should,on the victims birthdate or designated day STOP remitting money to Tonga to prevent this happening again… koe haa mou lau…

    5. Ofa atu to the family of this man and I hope they get punished all the men involved as that was horrible to watch…. They need the death sentence themselves…
      R.I.P Sione

    6. Kakai ta’e’ofa pehe na ke tautea tautau kinautolu. Koe loto tamate ‘ikai ha manava’i ongo’i ‘ofa e taha mo fakamolemole. ‘Oku ‘ikai tonu ke toe fakamolemole’i e kakai taa pehe na. 100% tautea’i Tautau ke’oua na’a toe hoko ha taa pehe na i hotau kii fonua na.

    7. First degree murder I would say death penalty for all who beat on him life for life just like an eye for an eye know young kids should be left without a father just so wrong.

    8. Please execute the 5 men that did this. Justice for poor sione who will never get to watch his kids grow up, never be able to hug his wife & mum again. & never be able to live the rest of his best days of life with all his family again, because it was taken away from him.

    9. How could you kill one of your own over a game of gridiron thats the big question here. And all those people that were standing around are just as bad as the lot that killed this man who went to Tonga for his own fathers funeral. How sad these days that we still have people who commit these offences and they only get minimal sentences. This lot should serve hard time in Tonga treat them like how Thailand or Bali treats their prisoners. Harsh labor, Disgusting cells and crap food and they should all serve life sentences so they know they will never do this again to anyone else Amen.

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