Families farewell two Tongans killed in New Mexico car crash

Condolences are pouring in as two of the three Tongan teenagers died in a car crash while travelling back from Utah, Salt Lake City to  Euless, Texas were buried today August 2.

The memorial service for Lolo ‘Uhatafe 13 and Guis Va’enuku held today at 5pm.  Polo Manukainiu’s farewell service will be held next week according to News 8.

The teenagers died when the car they were in rolled over along U.S. 550, according to New Mexico State Police.

It said the driver drifted off U.S. Highway 550 about 85 miles north of Albuquerque, over-corrected and lost control, causing the 2002 Toyota Sequoia to roll several times.

Two of the teens who died were ejected from the vehicle. Only the driver was wearing a seat belt. The accident occurred about 6:50 p.m.

All three attended school in Euless, the two oldest at Trinity High School and the youngest at Euless Junior High.

The victims are 19-year-old Polo Manukainiu, a redshirt freshman at Texas A&M University; 18-year-old Gaius Vaenuku, who is a freshman at the University of Utah; and 13-year-old Andrew Uhatafe.

Tongan communities around the globe showed great sympathy with the families and condolences hugely poured into the internet from families, relatives, friends as well as mourners.

These are some of the Facebook comments:

Watching this is soooooo sad ..just imagine if its happened to your own Kids …so devastating ..my heart goes out to the mother ‘n the father ..of the pain they go through ..tears ..tears…tears…RIP to their two sons ..I’m at work but I’m very emotional about this Pray to God for his comfort over this family …’ofa Atu from another Mother that feel your Pain Tulima …

SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS!! REALLY SAD SEE DAD ESPECIALLY MOTHER’S HEART!! TEARS…. FEELING SAD, EVEN DO WE DON’T THEM! OUR HEART GOES OUT ALL FAMILIES…<3<3. PROUD TO BE TONGAN PRAYERS GOES OUT TO ALL FAMILY!!!
LUV U TULIMA!!!

VERY SAD TO SEE SAM ESCORT HIS SON FROM THE PLANE AMERICAN AIRLINE!!,,,,’OFA ATU!!

Seeing this brings tears to my eyes…You and your family hold on…God has he’s arms wrapped around each and everyone of you..

 

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