Details emerge after woman charged with

A prominent Samoan writer is accused of murdering another prominent Samoan writer, who was also the mother of a former US congresswoman. The incident took place in the South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu. The accused, Pāpāli Si’i, is alleged to have killed Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard. The two women were prominent figures in the Pacific literary community and Sinavaiana-Gabbard’s family had ties to US politics. The murder weapon, a knife, was used in the crime and the local media reported on the incident. The case is set to be heard in court next week.

Meanwhile, the accused, Figali, is in custody awaiting trial. She has not confessed to the crime. The police have not found any evidence to link Figali to the murder. Figali, a descendant of a prominent Samoan family, was living with two other women in Figalin’s house in the Pacific literary community. The two women are accused of physically assaulting Sinavaiana-Gabbard, with one woman using a knife and the other restraining her. The regional media reported on the incident.

In a tweet, Sinavaiana-Gabbard’s daughter, Tulsi Gabbard, expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support and prayers following her mother’s tragic murder. She described her mother as a caring and supportive individual who always encouraged others. Gabbard recalled her mother’s love for literature and her role as an educator in a rural high school in American Samoa. Gabbard also mentioned her mother’s positive impact on the English department at the University of the South Pacific, where she was a professor.

The community mourns the loss of Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard, a beloved figure in the Pacific literary community and a respected educator. Her legacy lives on through her work and the lives she touched. The investigation into her murder continues, with no clear motive established yet. The family seeks justice for Caroline and closure for the community.


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