Written by Ashton Snyder on
 June 2, 2024

Tulsi Gabbard’s Aunt Murdered by Protégé in Samoa: Reports

In a shocking incident on the Pacific Island of Samoa, Tulsi Gabbard's aunt, Caroline Sinaviana-Gabbard, was brutally killed by her close friend and protégé, Papalii Sia Figiel.

Figiel, a renowned Samoan author, initially fled the scene but turned herself in the next morning and was charged with the murder of former Congresswoman Gabbard's loved one, as the Daily Mail reports.

Sinaviana-Gabbard, 78, was found dead at Figiel's home in the village of Vaivase-Uta, located near the Samoan capital of Apia. Sinaviana-Gabbard was a distinguished author and poet, well-known for her impactful literary contributions and her role as a professor of Pacific literature at the University of Hawaii.

Argument Leads to Tragic Outcome

According to police reports, the tragic event unfolded last Saturday following an argument between the close friends. Figiel, 57, allegedly used a knife and a hammer to commit the heinous crime. Both weapons were later found at the scene by investigators.

In an attempt to evade arrest, Figiel left Sinaviana-Gabbard's body at her house and drove to a friend's home in the village of Lotofaga. Figiel spent the night there before confessing her actions the following morning. Speaking to the media, Auapaau Logoitino Filipo noted, "It wasn't until Sunday morning while they were having breakfast that [Figiel] told her friend what had happened."

Immediately afterward, Figiel turned herself in to the police in Apia. Initially charged with manslaughter, the charges were later upgraded to murder as further details of the event emerged.

Family Mourns and Seeks Justice

Tulsi Gabbard's father, Mike Gabbard, a state senator in Hawaii, expressed profound grief over his sister's death. Reflecting on their close relationship, he stated, "She helped me considerably during my rebellious stage of adolescence. She got me hooked on reading." Gabbard added, "I love her deeply and wish her well as she continues her journey."

The family is eagerly waiting for justice. Mike Gabbard emphasized his desire to see Figiel "punished to the full extent of the law."

The news of Sinaviana-Gabbard's tragic death has sent shockwaves through the literary community, where she is fondly remembered for her groundbreaking work. Her debut novel, "Where We Once Belonged," was a bestseller, highlighting her unique storytelling ability and profound cultural insights.

A Literary and Educational Legacy

Sinaviana-Gabbard's contributions extended beyond her writing. She notably taught Pacific literature at the University of Hawaii for over two decades, becoming the first Samoan to achieve the status of a full professor in the United States. Her influence on the academic and literary landscapes has been substantial and lasting.

After her illustrious career, Sinaviana-Gabbard chose to retire to her native Samoa. Her presence there was a testament to her enduring connection to her roots and her commitment to enriching her community through her talents.

Tulsi Gabbard, a former congresswoman from Hawaii and a rumored potential running mate for Donald Trump, has yet to issue a formal statement regarding her aunt's death. The Gabbard family continues to navigate this unexpected and painful tragedy, focusing on mourning and remembrance.

The Aftermath and Legal Proceedings

The legal proceedings against Figiel are ongoing. The Samoan legal system will see the case through as Figiel faces serious charges for her actions. This story is being followed closely by both local and international media, given the high-profile nature of those involved.

The circumstances surrounding the death of Caroline Sinaviana-Gabbard have left many in shock. Friends, family, and fans of her work are united in their grief and outrage. The family, coping with their loss, has called for justice while celebrating the life and achievements of a woman who meant so much to so many people. Caroline Sinaviana-Gabbard's legacy as a literary luminary and beloved family member will endure despite the tragic end to her life.

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