By Craig DeSilva
HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (March 10, 2000 - PIDP/CPIS)---The Tuvaluan community in Hawai‘i held a memorial service Thursday night in remembrance of the 19 victims who died during a fire that broke out at a school on Vaitupu.
About 20 people were expected at the Tuvalu Christian Church in Honolulu at 7 p.m. for an informal gathering in honor of the victims.
"We remember the victims and pray for them and their families," said Tuvalu resident Seve Paeniu, a doctoral candidate in economics at the University of Hawai‘i.
Paeniu, who has lived in Hawai‘i for six years, said the tragedy has sent shock waves across the small Tuvalu community here, consisting of about 26 adults.
"We never thought such a big tragedy would happen to such a small country," he said. "It’s really something. It’s a shock to me and the Tuvalu people in Honolulu."
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