2 Apr 2003

American Samon governor's body returned to Pago Pago

11:30 am on 2 April 2003

The body of the American Samoa Governor Tauese Sunia has been returned to Pago Pago on a late night flight from Hawaii.

He died last week on a flight from Apia to Honolulu.

An estimated 600 people were at the airport for the arrival of Tauese's remains accompanied by his wife, government officials and friends.

His casket was then taken to the government's Executive Office for an overnight vigil, with about 2-thousand people lining the streets from the airport.

About 25 choirs have taken part in the wake service.

A family funeral service is to be held in three days followed by another overnight vigil ahead of the state funeral.