Tongan man shot dead in south Auckland

    Na'e fana'i 'o mate 'a Samuela Anania Tupou ta'u 21 'i he paaka Seaside 'i 'Ōtāhuhu he hengihengi Tokonaki

    A Tongan man was shot dead in Seaside Park, `Ōtāhuhu, Auckland on Saturday morning.

    Samiuela Anania Tupou, 21, was critically injured and died at the scene.

    Tupou recently returned with his family to live in New Zealand from the United States.

    Family and friends describe him as a fun-loving, hard-working young man who regularly attended church and enjoyed social occasions with his friends and family.

    At this stage Police believe the offender was not known to him.

    “We are committed to locating the offender or offenders and holding them to account,” Police said.

    “We are appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident, or anyone who has any information at all that may help us with our investigation, to come forward and speak with Police.

    “Specifically we’d like to speak to anyone who may have sighted a light- or gold-coloured people mover, similar to a Honda Odyssey, in the South Auckland area on Friday night or early Saturday morning between 2-6am.”

    If you can help, please contact Counties Manukau Police on (09) 261 1300 or provide information anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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