As stated by Detective Senior Sergeant Darrell Harpur:
Yesterday morning, about 4.40am, Police were called to a report of a shooting in Seaside Park, Otahuhu. Ambulance and Police located the victim, Samiuela Anania Tupou, who was critically injured and died at the scene.
Samiuela, 21, 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.