Tempers flared this afternoon, forcing funeral home securities to lock the gates, thwarting today's program to take Ottio's body back home to Tatana under police escort.
Crowds have gathered outside the funeral home with police on standby to maintain order.
Families from the Koiari and Tatana side are meeting now to reach an amicable solution.
The PNG Rugby Football League will be releasing a statement shortly.
(A crowd gathering outside the funeral home)