Tongan teen is killed

Tongan teen is killed

There are 1882 comments on the Palo Alto Daily News story from Dec 31, 2006, titled Tongan teen is killed. In it, Palo Alto Daily News reports that:

A 19-year-old Tongan woman was shot to death and a 21-year-old woman was seriously injured Friday night in East Palo Alto after an argument escalated into a gunbattle near Costano Elementary School, police ...
A 19-year-old Tongan woman was shot to death and a 21-year-old woman was seriously injured Friday night in East Palo Alto after an argument escalated into a gunbattle near Costano Elementary School, police said. <br/> <br/>Police responded to reports of gun- shots at 10:34 p.m. on the 2600 block of Fordham Street. The teen, whom friends identified Saturday as Melevea Fifita, a cousin of the teen slain by police a week ago, was shot more than once in the chest with a handgun and was pronounced dead at the scene. <br/> <br/>The 21-year-old, who has not been identified, suffered a shotgun blast to her pelvis. She was taken to Stanford Medical Center. <br/> <br/>The shootings angered five young males Saturday, who drove to Fifita's memorial at 12:30 p.m. and approached a house on the 2700 block of Fordham. One threw a brick at a front window and two drew handguns and fired roughly ten shots into the air. <br/> <br/>"Two guys, they fired," said neighbor Bettie Cacalares, sticking her right arm in the air. <br/> <br/>East Palo Alto police Lt. Tom Alipio said he and other officers were worried Friday's shootings were the product of rivalry within the local Pacific-Islander population. But that theory is proving false, he said. <br/> <br/>"All we understand right now is that there had been an argument that got physical," Alipio said. "We've heard three or four different stories." <br/> <br/>He said Friday's shooting is not connected to the officer-involved shooting, in which 16-year-old robbery suspect Maikeli Iongi was shot and killed by police after allegedly firing on three officers. <br/> <br/>On Saturday, one neighbor said he heard roughly 10 handgun shots and about four shotgun blasts Friday before the scene was swarmed with grieving friends, relatives and dozens of squad cars from Menlo Park, Redwood City and Atherton. <br/> <br/>Kathy Charles, who lives down the street said she remembered looking out her front door and seeing the injured girl. <br/> <br/>"She was trying to get up," Charles said. "And then she realized she couldn't and just fell back." <br/> <br/>A red shotgun shell lay less than 20 feet from Fifita's memorial Saturday, where four teenage girls had set up candles to mourn her death. One said Fifita's parents are in Tonga. They said they didn't know the injured girl. The girls did not give their names. <br/> <br/>"We came home from church," one said, remembering when she saw the police lights Friday. "I feel bad. I feel sad." <br/> <br/>Another friend drove up to the memorial drinking a small bottle of Hennessy Cognac and poured a sip on the sidewalk in front of the candles. She said something to the girls and left. <br/> <br/>About 20 minutes later, the group of males drove up in two cars, said something to the girls sitting at the memorial and approached the house, which a neighbor said crawls with dozens of people late at night and overflows with junk and debris in the backyard. One girl called one of the young men by name as they approached the house. The girls fled to a house down the street after hearing the shots. <br/> <br/>Two East Palo Alto squad cars and a K-9 Unit arrived shortly after and searched around the house, guns drawn. <br/> <br/>"This whole block's a problem," said an officer, who did not give his full name. <br/> <br/>Anyone with information about Friday's shootings is asked to call the East Palo Alto Police Department at 650-852-3160, or their anonymous tip line at 650-853-8477. <br/> <br/> <br/>E-mail Banks Albach at [email protected] <br/>
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P-2b-B

United States

#2 Jan 1, 2007
Damn, thats messed up. Her cousin just got killed last week, now this. Their family must be going thru a hell of a time right now. What they need is some quiet time right now. Fuck all the hangin' out, that just brings problems. Ya'll all need some chill time so this stuff will cool down. Time to reflect on the 2 young lives extinguished forever....ain't no coming back for them. Focus on how to keep your other family alive and out of situations like this.
Siosio holo

San Jose, CA

#3 Jan 1, 2007
To all Tongan youth please just calm the fuck down and show where and why you are here. You are all Tongan and only and I mean only one thing that everyone respect who you are is to be Tongan, not be black not to be mexican but to be Tongan. Be proud of who you are.( A Fucken Tongan)
Uncle Buck

Vallejo, CA

#4 Jan 1, 2007
A tragedy for sure. Leaving Tonga probably seemed like a good bet at the time and now their daughter lays dead. Was it worth the risk?
Paradise

United States

#5 Jan 2, 2007
My deepest condolences goes out to the Iongi and Fifita family for their loss... I just can't imagine how young these kids are and her parents are out of the country that's even worse...
CONCERNED POLY

Memphis, TN

#6 Jan 3, 2007
MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO ALL THE FAMILIES INVOLVED IN THIS TRAGEDY!!! I AM A SAMOAN WOMAN WHO IS JUST DISAPPOINTED WITH THE VIOLENCE GOING ON WITH OUR YOUTH...BEING POLY NOT JUST SAMOAN OR TONGAN WE WERE ALL RAISED TO RESPECT EACHOTHER AS A BROTHER OR A SISTER!!! WITH THIS BIG RIVALRY BETWEEN THE SAMOANS AND TONGANS IT'S JUST SAD TO SEE OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS DYING ON THE STREET FOR NOTHING!!! WE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE PROUD OF WHO WE ARE AND SUPPOSED TO LOVE EACHOTHER AND LOOK OUT FOR ONE ANOTHER, NOT KILL EACHOTHER FOR STUPID THINGS...NOW WITH ALL THE LIVES THAT HAVE BEEN LOST IS IT REALLY WORTH ALL THE PAIN YOUR PARENTS AND FAMILY ARE GOING THRU?? JUST THINK ABOUT IT, FORGIVE DON'T RETALIATE!!! GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF THE REST...
DA FOBB

United States

#7 Jan 10, 2007
R.I.P. to mah tongan sis stop da!bullshit and keep da peace tongans and samoans are supposed to be brothers and sister if yall wanna rep your self go to school don't shoot were all children of god and theres no coming back from that
DONT WORRY BOUT IT

Half Moon Bay, CA

#8 Jan 10, 2007
F*** WHOEVER KILLED MAH GURL ACTUALLY MY SISTER!! I KNOW THAT I WILL SOON BE UP THERE WITH MY SISTER AND SOON BE AWAY FROM ALL THIS CAIOUS!! WELL ALL I KNOW IS THAT MY SISTER MELE VEA SII IS IN A BETTER PLACE LOOKIN DOWN ON ALL OF US ESPECIALLy HER BLOOD SISTER!! I LOVE AND MISS YOU MELE VEA SII TILL WE MEET AGAIN!!
Walter E Wallis

San Francisco, CA

#10 Jan 11, 2007
Please stop killing Tongans. You have a proud tradition of independence that is mocked when you bait one another into senseless combat. 18 years of love erased by 18 seconds of rage. 60 years contribution to society, 60 years in the bosom of your family all flushed away for a strut. Your lineage cut. Mothers given the ultimate sadness. Proud of yourself?
Life is precious. Killing is easy. Be a man. Protect life.
WITNESS

Lockeford, CA

#11 Feb 8, 2007
I HAV SUMDING 2 SAY......N I SAW WAT HAPPENED DAT NITE ......I JUSS WANT 2 TALK 2 AN OFFICER DAT WOULD UNDERSTAND ME, IN PRIVATE.!!!!!!!!!
BEST FRIEND

Lockeford, CA

#12 Feb 8, 2007
DANG DIS IS REALLY HARD 4 DA 2 FAMILYS 2 GO THRU.....ESPECIALLY WEN MELEVEA'S PARENT IN TONGA...PLEASE STOP DA VIOLENT N BE PROUD OF WEA U ISH 4RM....I SOOOOOO SAD DAT MA KURL MELE VEA ISH GONE.....I REMEMBA DA TYME DAT WE BEEN KICKIN IT IN DA HOOD LYKE HAPPY SISTA'S.....I JUSS WANT 2 SAY SORRY 2 DA FAMILY 4 ALL DA TROUBLE N SADNESS DEY R GOIN THRU....TONGAN N SAMOAN R SUPPOSE 2 BE BRUTHA'S N SISTA'S...NOT ENEMY'S OF ANY KIND....WELL.....AIITE I JUSS WANNA SEND MA LOV 2 DA FAMILY...N HOPE DAT PEACE WILL COME AROUND YOUR HOME'S IN YOUR FUTURE LIVES.....PLEASE DA VIOLENT!!!!!!

R.I.P MELEVEA SII....NOW U ISH IN A BETTER PLACE.....LOV N MISS U!!!!!
FRIEND 4RM SKOOL

Lockeford, CA

#13 Feb 9, 2007
well dis is a rally sad story.....but dang i really can't believe dis is really happin two 1 of ma homekurl...much ofa 2 da family.....sorry 4 wat happened dat nite...it was juss @ da wrong place @ da wrong tyme.... i wanna say SORRY 2 da family 4 dere lost.....R.I.P MELEVEA SII.....WE LOV N MISS U!!!!!!!!
usi

Santa Maria, CA

#14 Feb 9, 2007
we live, we die, why cry
TiLL WE MEET AGAiN

Daly City, CA

#15 Feb 24, 2007
TiLL DiS DAy i CAN NOT SLEEP OR EAT WiTHOUT THiNKiNG ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT NiGHT TO My BELOvED SiSTER!!! i KNOW DEEP DOwN i'M MAD AT THE PEOPLE iNVOLVED iN THiS TRAGEDy!! i KNOW THAT SHE iS iN A BETTER PLACE WiTH OUR HEAVENLy FATHER WATCHiNG OvER US!!! i JUST STiLL CAN'T BELiEVE THEy TOOK HER LiFE!! i MEAN OUR TEARS WiLL NEVER STOP A DAY GOES By WONDERiNG WHAT WiLL HAPPEN iF i STEP OUTSiDE My DOOR!! iT iS JUST THAT ALL THEM HARD HEADED TONGANS AND SAMOANS NEED TO JUST GET TOGETHER AND SOMEHOW MAKE iT SOMEWHERE WiTHOUT KiLLiNG EACHOTHER!! i HATE iT i CAN NEVA HAVE A SAMOAN LOOK AT ME iN A MEANFUL WAy JUST BECAUSE i'M TONGAN THiS ALL NEEDS TO END NOW!! JUST TO My BELOVED SiSTER MELEVEA SOPHiA FiFiTA Si'i i LOVE yOU AND MiSS yOU EVERyDAy TiLL THE DAy WE REUNiTE TOGETHER WiTH OUR HEAVENLy FATHER!!! REST EASy SiSTER LOVE yOU AND MiSS yOU LiKE KARZy!!!
TiLL WE MEET AGEN

Daly City, CA

#16 Feb 24, 2007
WITNESS wrote:
I HAV SUMDING 2 SAY......N I SAW WAT HAPPENED DAT NITE ......I JUSS WANT 2 TALK 2 AN OFFICER DAT WOULD UNDERSTAND ME, IN PRIVATE.!!!!!!!!!
YOU SEEN WHAT HAPPEN WAS yOU WiT MELEVEA WEN SHE PASSED AWAy!!!
STARFISH_KURL_23

Lockeford, CA

#17 Mar 7, 2007
dis is sum messed up shyt dat ever happened to ma friend melevea.......whu eva did dis dey kno wat dey did....ya people'z need sum quit tyme to pay restpect to dis 2 family's....not only dat melevea got shot but also, her first cousin loco iongi...dis is really hard 4 both of da family......i dn't understand why dea is styll violent in e.p.a.....i dink dat ya need to improve more of community police'z and of otha ding's as well.....dis is a really sad story dat da whole world hav 2 hear about it....i rememba grown up wit meleveaand i kno dat she is a wonderful person.....she is awsome to kick it wit....i juss dn't understand why would people do dat other's.....but guess wat....i KNOW wat happened to....but it is not ma business 2 be speradin romerous bout dis shyt.....only god knows bout wat happened....i juss want to say SOORY to both of da fifita and iongi families 4 dea lost....BUT I JUSS WANT TO ASKED DA POLY'S OUT DEA......TO STOP DA VIOLENT....WE R AS 1....AND TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE IT.....LOV ONE ANOTHER.....TONGAN'S AND SAMOAN'S ARE LYKE BROTHERS AND SISTERS.....WE HAV TO LOOK OUT 4 EACH OTHA....NOT HURTIN EACH OTHA....PEOPLE NEED TO CHANGE IN DA FUTURE.....WE ALL WANT DIIS VIOLENT IN EPA 2 STOP RITE NOW.....LET OTHER'S DO WAT DEY WANT...BUT WE [TONGAN & SAMOAN]ARE AS 1 FAMILY....PLEASE STOP NOW BE4 SUMDING ELSE HAPPENED TO OTHERS.....AND DEN DA VIOLENT WILL KEEP ON HAPPING UNTIL WE ARE ALL DIED AND DA POLINESIAN NAME WILL NOT BE KNOWN IN EPA......SOOOOOOO GIVE RESTPECT TO OTHERS AND UR SELF.....R.I.P MELEVEA FIFITA n LOCO IONGI.....LUV U BOTH.....U GUYS WILL BE MISSED..!!!!!!!!MUCH OFA....
lemu

Chermside, Australia

#19 Apr 2, 2007
ka nae tuku pe mua hoo nausi
Amender

Chermside, Australia

#20 Apr 2, 2007
can i have a look for the picture
Amender

Chermside, Australia

#21 Apr 2, 2007
please can i have a look for the picture
SINA HONULU HAWAII

Waipahu, HI

#22 May 28, 2007
I GIVE MY RESPECTS TO BOTH FAMILYS .. PLEASE TONGAN AND SAMOAN WE SHOULD ALL GET ALONG ... STOP THE VIOLENCE HEY WE ALL POLYNESIANS WE MUST STICK TOGETHER AS ONE .. REST IN PEACE GOD IS WIT THEM MUCC LOV SINA
Samongan

Berkeley, CA

#23 May 29, 2007
they all deserve it. it's nonsense from the beginning to end. hopefully their loved ones and youngsters learn that being mad for nothing gets nowhere. i feel more sorry for the families then the ones that died... because they brought it upon themselves. sorry to sound like an asssshole, but it's my opinion. so fuccck what u heard!!

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