Funeral for victim burnt to death

Last updated 13:18 04/02/2013
Shalvin Prasad
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GRIEVING: Family and friends gather at Manukau Memorial Gardens for the funeral of Shalvin Prasad.

Shalvin Prasad
HOMICIDE: Shalvin Prasad.

Young man 'burnt alive'

Shavin Prasad
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Mourners at the funeral of Shavin Prasad, who was found dead on a roadside in South Auckland.

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A man whose body was found set alight on a roadside is being farwelled in Auckland today. 

Shalvin Prasad, 21, was found still ablaze on the side of McRobbie Rd in Kingseat on Thursday, and his Toyota RAV 4 was found about 10km from the crime scene on Sunday.

A funeral for Prasad started at 12.30pm at the Manukau Memorial Gardens on Puhinui Rd, Papatoetoe.

Police are examining Prasad's vehicle and have appealed to any business owners in the Plunkett Ave area that have CCTV footage that could help the investigation.

Detective Inspector Dave Lynch of Counties Manukau police said earlier that Prasad's disappearance was out of character and there were no reasons why he would go missing or take his own life.

"Based upon what we now know about Shalvin coupled with the fact his vehicle and some personal possessions are still missing it is believed that another person or persons are involved in his disappearance and death," he said.

Prasad's brother, Pravin Prasad, said his sibling was the youngest and was "full of life".

"Family and friends are the centre of his world," he said.

"He loves to play soccer and enjoyed his job. He is probably the most innocent 21-year-old you could meet."

He asked that anyone who had seen Prasad or spoken with him in the 48 hours before he went missing to contact police.

Police are also interested in two other cars, both seen speeding from McRobbie Rd just before 6.30am on Thursday.

Both vehicles carried on straight through the intersection into Kingseat Rd travelling in the Pukekohe direction. One vehicle was described as blue or silver while the other was white.

"Police are urging the drivers of these vehicles to come forward to be eliminated from the investigation," Lynch said.

"This is a remote location and both drivers will be well aware that their vehicles will be of interest to the investigation."

He warned that "the longer they wait to come forward will increase the level of interest police have in them and we urge them to contact us as soon as possible".

Police are yet to establish what kind of accelerant was used to light the fire. 

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