Mangalore, May, 26 : Four-year-old Viola was waiting to shower petals on her parents when they arrived by the Air India flight from Dubai on Saturday. She did that on Monday, but in a heart-rending way, she strewed them at the funeral service of her parents, Naveen (36) and Sarita Fernandes (24).
Viola was sitting at the Cordel Church without betraying emotions. Perhaps her young mind could not comprehend what was going on. She is the only child of the couple married five years back. Naveen was returning home to change his visa as he had got a new job at Dubai Port. Sarita accompanied her husband to spend a few days with the child, who was with her in-laws.
Robert James Albuquerque, Naveen's brother-in-law, consoled himself saying they must have been made for each other. "They lived together and they died together. It's God's will. What else can we say," he said.
Naveen was working at the logistics department of a hypermarket in Dubai. Sarita was at the front office section in the same hypermarket. Son of James and Leena from Alape, Naveen has a sister (Philomena, married to Robert) and two brothers, Stephen working in Dubai and Melwyn, who is undergoing priesthood training in Nagaland.
Sarita, daughter of Walter and Lucy DSouza, has a brother Roshan and sister Mariotte. Robert, a security officer at Dubai Duty Free, said the parents were shocked. "We have been living together like an extended family and that has helped," he added.
Robert, who was to go back to Dubai on Saturday, the day of the crash by the evening flight, said the identification of Naveen's body was not a problem as his face was intact without any burns. "Sarita's body was charred and we identified her from her ornaments," he said.
Both Stephen and Melwyn arrived on Sunday; the former came by a special flight from Dubai. A large number of people from the parish attended the funeral service.