There is deep distress in Griffith at news a Fijian man who had lived in the town for a year was the person who jumped to his death from the roof of the Villawood Detention Centre in Sydney on Monday.
Bankstown police will prepare a report for the coroner on the death of Josevata Rauluni, 36.
Griffith Fijian community leader Sai Laveta says Mr Rauluni leaves three brothers behind in Australia - one is an Australian citizen. He says they are now trying to return Mr Rauluni's body to Griffith.
Mr Laveta says Mr Rauluni's visa was previously extended and he had genuine fears for his safety about returning to Fiji.
"What he couldn't understand is the way Immigration used to come and renew his visa, they didn't bother just to renew his visa," he said.
"They took him and he told them, 'I'm not going to Fiji', he did advise them that he wouldn't go to Fiji unless in body bag." Mr Laveta is urging officials to listen to Fijian people in Australia who are seeking protection because of the current military regime.
"We are begging them to listen to the Fijians who are in Griffith, all over Australia who have been applying for protection visas," he said. "The former prime minister of Fiji, we still regard him as the official prime minister of Fiji."
The coordinator of Griffith's Migrant Settlement Services, Margaret King, says Mr Rauluni's bridging visa had expired, which is why he was in detention. Ms King says waiting for claims to be assessed can be overwhelming for asylum seekers.
"I guess at the end of the day their frustration builds and unfortunately he received bad news which was he had to return home and he obviously felt that wasn't an option for him and it was just devastating the actions he took," she said.
The chairwoman of Australia's Immigration Detention Advisory group says there is a high likelihood of more protests from asylum seekers and possibly more suicides. Psychiatry professor Dr Louise Newman told the ABC's AM Program that processing times are increasing in a detention system which is stressed.