Two arrested after ‘Epalahame Tu’uheava shot dead in Mangere

Puke ha ongo tangata ta’u 24 mo ta’u 30 ‘i ‘Aokalani Saute ‘o faka’ilo he pongipongi’ ni ki he fakapō mo e teuaki fakapō. ‘Oku ‘amanaki ke na hā he Fakamaau’anga Manukau’ he ‘aho’ ni. ‘Oku tukuaki’i kinaua ki hono fana’i ‘o mate ‘a ‘Epalahame Tu’uheava kae lavelavea lalahi ‘a hono uaifi ko Mele Yolanda Tu’uheava. 'Oku kei fakaakeake 'a Mele 'i fale mahaki

Two people have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Tongan man in Mangere, New Zealand.

Epalahame Tu’uheava, 28, was found lying dead beside his seriously injured wife Mele Yolanda Tu’uheava, 25, on Greenwood Rd at about 6am May 1.

Also known as Hame or Abraham, the young father from Manurewa died of a gunshot to the head, while Mele suffered a number of gunshot wounds and was taken to Auckland City Hospital. She remains in hospital where she continues to recover from her injuries.

‘Epalahame’s body had been laid to rest on Wednesday.

A 24-year-old male and a 30-year-old male from South Auckland, have both been charged this morning with murder and attempted murder.

The pair are scheduled to appear in the Manukau District Court later today.

Detective Inspector Tofilau Faa Vaaelua says a dedicated team of Police staff have been working hard on this case.

“This was a violent incident that shocked the community and we hope the arrests today will provide some reassurance to the surviving victim, the families affected, as well as the wider public.

“Our investigation remains ongoing and further enquiries will continue to be made in relation to this incident.”

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