Twenty year old Miracle Aileone of Fasitoo Uta allegedly beaten to death on Easter Sunday was his mother’s “pele” .
Miracle Miyokoo Iva Aileone is the 4th child of Iva and Katalina Aileone’s 7 children. His family have shared the shock of Miracle’s sudden death with Samoa Global News.
His older sister told Samoa Global News that her brother was a humble boy who never answered back to their parents.
“When our parents scolded him he would never ever say a word.”
“E le o se tagata e na te talia se upu a matou matua; o a ni ote a o’u matua e tele atu iai, e lē mafai ona tali e Miracle se upu.”
According to Miracle’s siblings, their brother was a well known comedian not only in their family but also amongst the youth of their village.
“If there was laughter breaking out amongst a group of youth in the village, then for sure you’d know Miracle was there.”
“Ua leai se isi e faimea malie i le matou aiga ma e iloa gofie lava ua taliē mai se faapotopotoga, o lona uiga ua iai foi Miracle.”
Miracle’s father Iva Aileone said his son was loved by his mother because he never answered back to a growling (otegiaga).
“O se tagata e fa’agalo gatā ona uiga;
“E le taitai tali i se upu a a’u ma lona tinā pe a otegia atu, ma o le mafuaaga foi lea e pele ai i lona tina le alii lea.”
Iva said that when they went to see his son at the morgue on Sunday it was a horrific scene that he did not expect.
“His head had a gaping wound like it was injured by a sharp object and his face was badly bruised and his tongue was torn.”
“O lona ulu o lo’o pu uma e foliga mai o se mea maai sa aafia ai ma ona foliga o lo’o totolia uma ma lona laugutu o lo’o ta’e uma.”
Mr Aileone said that the family of the accused had 2 in-laws (faiavā) living there who had come through on push bikes with plastic bags suspected to have contained marijuana. Some youth from their village snatched the plastic bag from these faiavā. Miracle’s father says he thinks the accused suspects Miracle to have been amongst those youth.
“I believe that is why this has happened to my son. But some youth from our village have said that Miracle was not even there when this happened and that he was not involved.”
“O le tala na o’o mai ia te a’u e fa’apea o faiavā e toalua o lo’o nonofo i le aiga a lē o lo’o tu’ua’ia;
“Sa omai i lā uila ma se tagapepa o lo’o masalomia o ni mariuana mai o i Faleasiu;
“Sa ou fa’alogo na fao e tamaiti le tagapepa lea ma ou te iloa o lo’o masalosalo e lē o lo’o tuuaia o Miracle sa iai i le mea lea na tupu;
“Ou te iloa ai o le mea na ua mafua ai lenei mea, ae peita’i sa faimai nisi o le tupulaga a le matou nu’u e le’i iai Miracle i le aso lea ma e le’i a’afia ai foi.”
Miracle had big plans to work and help out with his family. His sister said that the 20 year old was all set to travel to American Samoa next week to take up a job with the Starkist Company, and help out their family financially.
“O lea sa faatalitali e lafo mai lana pepa faigaluega i le vaiaso fou ona alu ai loa lea e faigaluega e fesoasoani i si matou aiga ae maise o’u matua. Ae o lea ua alu fa’afuase’i.”
Miracle’s father said that he and his wife will not rest until they have answers to the motive around his son’s fatal beating.
He said their family is praying that the Ministry of Police will be able to answer their questions.