Hun­dreds at­tend me­mo­rial for Lomu

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AUCK­LAND: Sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple have at­tended the first pub­lic me­mo­rial ser­vice for for­mer New Zealand winger Jonah Lomu at the south-Auck­land church his fam­ily of­ten at­tended when he was a child. Mourn­ers on Sun­day at the Loto­fale’ia Ton­gan Methodist Church in the sub­urb of Man­gere, where Lomu was raised, in­cluded his wife Nadene, their sons Bray­ley, 6, and Dhyreille, 5, and Lomu’s mother Hepi. Many of the con­gre­ga­tion wore Ta’ovala, a tra­di­tional Ton­gan wo­ven skirt worn to show re­spect, es­pe­i­cially in times of mourn­ing. Lomu died on Wed­nes­day aged 40 of car­diac ar­rest af­ter a 20-year bat­tle with kid­ney ill­ness. De­tails of his fu­neral ser­vice and other me­mo­rial events have yet to be fi­nal­ized. — AP

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