Slain father-of-three farewelled

GOODBYE: More than 100 mourners gathered to farewell 47-year-old father of three Paul Matthews at a tangi at Manurewa Marae this morning.
GOODBYE: More than 100 mourners gathered to farewell 47-year-old father of three Paul Matthews at a tangi at Manurewa Marae this morning.

Friends and family have farewelled one of the men slain in a south Auckland pawn shop at the weekend.

A bell rang as more than 100 mourners gathered to farewell 47-year-old father of three Paul Matthews at a tangi at Manurewa Marae this morning.

His body has been lying in state at the marae this week and the community gathered at 11am for their final goodbye.

Loved ones performed a haka before a hearse drove Matthews' body from the marae. He was to be buried at the Manukau Memorial Gardens following the funeral service.

Matthews was killed last Saturday at the Takanini Ezy Cash along with 69-year-old Paul Fanning.

A man has been arrested for the murders and appeared in the Papakura District Court on Monday. He was granted name suppression.

Fanning operated two businesses from the address, Ezy Cash Credit and Go Kiwi Pay Day Loans.

Earlier this week, Fanning's long-time accountant said the two dead men had got along very well.

"I wouldn't know of any reason why this happened. 

"(Fanning) came in a couple of weeks ago and dropped his books off. He never mentioned any security issues and he had no enemies that I know of. We're supposed to live in a country that's civilised. 

"It's a tragedy." 

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