A 28-year-old male, identified as Zion Yalap from Airai was found lying on the road in Ngerusar, Airai, with serious injuries on June 24, 2023, at around 10 pm at night.

A report from Asterio Takashi, Special Assistant on Legal Matters at the Office of the Vice President and Acting Public Information Officer, said that the young man, although appeared to be seriously injured, was still alive and was brought to the hospital emergency room.

All attempts to save Zion Yalap were unsuccessful, and he passed away at 12:07 am, according to the report from Public Safety.

No cause of death has been identified and earlier speculations include a hit and run by a vehicle while others assume possible assault.  Police say the case is still under investigation. 

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