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Police are following a few leads that could lead to the identification of suspects in the death of tertiary student Akuila Salavuki, 23, at the Suva foreshore on Thursday, May 17.

The investigation team is working hard on the leads in the hope that arrests will be made soon.

This has been confirmed by Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho when queried about the extent of investigations as Mr Salavuki was buried yesterday at the Tacirua Village cemetery.

Brigadier-General Qiliho declined to comment further.

Police are treating the case as murder.

Mr Salavuki, 23, lived at Tacirua with relatives, but was originally from Namuavoivoi, Bua, Vanua Levu. He was found dead on the foreshore of Suva’s waterfront last Thursday on May 17 in a pool of blood after 10pm.

He was only identified on Monday this week before the family was notified.

The Fiji National University Bachelor of Commerce student had suffered severe brain haemorrhage caused by blunt force trauma, the post-mortem examination showed.

Meanwhile, at his funeral service yesterday Akuila’s uncle Viliame Verelawa claimed that from the photos shown by Mr Salavuki’s friends, the tertiary student was at the Tebara Carnival in Nausori on Wednesday, a day before the incident.

He said on the day of the incident Mr Salavuki was pictured below the old Rewa Bridge in Nausori and later that night he had gone clubbing at the Down Under nightclub in Suva.

Mr Verelawa said the family did not really understand what happened to his nephew, but that he may have left his FNU friends at the club.

“We don’t know what happened. We cannot say more, but trust Police are investigating,” he claimed.

He said they needed answers.

“When it was announced that the Police were looking for someone to identify him we didn’t know it was him because sometimes he stayed at the FNU campus.”

He said it was Mr Salavuki’s friends who identified him and they later came to know the news on Monday afternoon (May 21).

Mr Salavuki was a SODELPA youth member and was also crowned the 2016 Mr Duavata Northern Crime Prevention Carnival king.

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