'Senseless' killing breaks parents' hearts

JOELLE DALLY
Last updated 17:19 23/05/2014
Cory James Protos
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CORY PROTOS: "Lived life to the fullest."

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The parents of Cory Protos say they have been living in a nightmare since his "senseless" killing. 

Jimmy and Gail Protos, who live in Perth, issued a statement via police today saying their hearts were broken by the loss of their "cheeky, lovable" son. 

Cory James Protos, 30, was discovered dead at his new girlfriend's Bryndwr home on April 27.

Zariah Jae Samson, 22, is in custody and will defend a charge of murder at a trial next year. 

Police believe Protos' body was moved to her home, and there was a "strong possibility" the murder scene was at an address in Conference St, central Christchurch.

Jimmy and Gail Protos said learning their son, known as "Grom", had been murdered had changed their lives forever.

"Cory was a cheeky, loveable man, who liked his sports, and lived life to the fullest, the way he wanted," they said. 

"He was a talented builder ... [and] a person who had dreams and ambitions that were of love and life."

"Cory knew who he was and loved his friends and family. He was always there for anyone who needed his help or just to talk."

"Our son will be sorely missed."

"Cory has made mistakes in the past but no matter what happened nobody deserves to have their life taken this way."

"Our hearts are broken and as parents we are trying to come to terms with this nightmare day by day."

"This senseless murder of our son . . . taken from us too soon by another hand."

The couple was thankful for the support they had received, which had given them strength.

Police have searched three properties, in Ilam, Conference St and Bryndwr, as well as a car. 

Detective Inspector Greg Murton, who is leading the homicide inquiry, said earlier that police found evidence of "significant activity" having occurred at the Conference St property which resulted in Protos' death.

A number of exhibits had been obtained from the properties and the vehicle, which were being examined "to decide their relevance".

Jimmy and Gail Protos urged anyone with information on the case to contact police.

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