Murder victim's family 'shocked'

Murder victim Mei Fan's uncle Fan Mao Cai, brother Fan Rong and aunt Fan Su Lan with Detective Senior Sergeant John van den Heuvel.
Murder victim Mei Fan's uncle Fan Mao Cai, brother Fan Rong and aunt Fan Su Lan with Detective Senior Sergeant John van den Heuvel.

The Chinese family of murder victim Mei Fan say they are "shocked beyond belief" and hope kind-hearted Kiwis will help track down her killer.

Rongmei Fan, known as Mei, was found stabbed to death in her Miramar home on November 10.

The 37-year-old mother of two, died of multiple wounds inflicted by a 32-centimetre carving knife with a 20cm blade, which was left at the crime scene.

Mei Fan
Mei Fan

Her brother, Fan Rong Cheng, uncle Fan Mao Cai, and aunty Fan Su Lan flew in from China after hearing of her death.

The trio cannot speak English. But through police, they made a plea to the "kind-hearted people of New Zealand" to come forward with any information they might have for the sake of Fan's two children.

"We were shocked and shaken to learn that far away in New Zealand one of our relatives, Mei, was killed in a violent attack. It is beyond belief and beyond comprehension," Detective Senior Sergeant John van den Heuvel said on behalf of the family today.

"The heartbreaking news of her sudden death has brought us enormous grief and will leave a permanent scar in her parents' and family's lives in China."

Fan was a beautiful, well taught, helpful, respectful and caring daughter, as well as a loving mother.

"We hope the person or people responsible for Mei's death will one day be held accountable for what they have done, and her departed spirit can at last rest in peace." 

The family were grateful for the care and compassion they had received from the Chinese embassy and police.

Van den Heuvel said the 30-strong investigation team was making good progress towards identifying Fan's killer.

Police especially wanted to hear from anyone who saw Fan's red 2005 Honda Fit hatchback, registration GSL128, on November 8 or the days leading up to it.

Police were dealing with several suspects but van den Heuvel would not discuss details of who they were.

He was keeping an open mind about whether more than one person was responsible for Fan's death, he said.

The murder weapon was a knife given away in a supermarket promotion, possibly during the 1990s.

Anyone with information can contact police on the dedicated investigation phone number 0800 348 348.

The Dominion Post