Homicide investigation launched following death of Kevini Maka

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Tributes flow for Kevini Maka whose body was found in the Popua waterway on Tuesday. Photo/Facebook

Tonga Police were investigating how Kevini Maka ended up dead in a waterway in Popua last week.

Police have treated the death as suspicious after the body of the 22-year-old was pulled from the newly constructed waterway at 12.45pm Monday 5.

Acting Police Supt Tevita Vailea reportedly said they had enough information to launch the investigation while Police were still awaiting an autopsy report.

The post-modem was completed on Friday but the deceased’s body was still at hospital. No arrests had been made.

As Kaniva News reported, Maka was a resident of Pātangata a village situated next to Popua.

The deceased’s friends and relatives were shocked by the news of his death.

A Facebook user who goes by the name Fiufeinga ki he Lelei Taha lamented Maka’s death and wrote that if he was still staying with them in Talafo’ou he was still alive.

Another Facebook user wrote she was devastated after she found out the body Police were seeking help to identify yesterday was that of Maka.

One commentator has described him as “always smiling” and “enjoyed playing with kids”.

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  1. Kuo fakatotolo ʻa e kau Polisi Tonga pe he angafēfē e iku ʻo mate ʻa Kēvini Maka ʻi he tafenga vai ʻi Popuá ʻi he uike kuo ʻosí.

    ʻOku ʻi ai e mahalo kehe ʻa e kau Polisí ki he tupunga ʻo e mate hili ia hano fakahake ki ʻolunga ʻa e sino ʻo e taʻu 22 ni mei he fakatafenga vai foʻou ko ʻeni ne toki faʻú.

    Pehē ʻe he Polisi Pule Leʻoleʻo Tēvita Vailea kuo nau maʻu ʻa e fakamatala falalaʻanga ke nau fakahoko ai ʻa e fakatotoló ni lolotonga ʻoku nau kei tatali ki ha ola ʻo e sivi ʻa e toketaá.

    Naʻe kakato ʻa e siví foki ia ʻi he Falaité pea ʻoku kei ʻi ai ʻa e sino ʻo e pekia ʻi fale mahaki pea ko e ʻamanakí ʻe fakafoki ki he fāmilí he uiké ni.