Elder-Holmes account of Morris' death: 'No one helped'

Last updated 09:57 09/08/2014
Millie Elder-Holmes at the funeral service of her partner Connor Morris, held at the Fight Club, in Ellerslie, Auckland.
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IN MOURNING: Millie Elder-Holmes at the funeral service of her partner Connor Morris, held at the Fight Club, in Ellerslie, Auckland.

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GONE: A picture of Connor Morris posted on Millie Holmes' Twitter feed on August 8.

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Millie Elder-Holmes has written her account of the night her boyfriend, Connor Morris, lay dying in her arms. 

In a post on Facebook last night, which has since been deleted, Elder-Holmes said she wrote down the series of events the day after Morris' death last Saturday night to keep what happened fresh in her mind.

She condemned emergency services in the post, claiming police and ambulance acted too slowly.

The couple had been at Morris' sister Cymmion's housewarming on Don Buck Road in Massey, Auckland.

Elder-Holmes described it as a small gathering of 15 at most, with close friends and family.

But it turned into a nightmare when three of the attendees went to get drinks from a Mobil gas station and were "jumped".

"Connor being the man that he was went to help his friends as soon as he heard," Elder-Holmes wrote.

She said she followed Morris up the driveway, and saw three men and one woman.

One man was holding a stick, and several men were involved in one-on-one fights, with the woman encouraging them, Elder-Holmes said.

"Connor was to my left, on the sidewalk when I saw him drop and fall backwards to the ground, I ran to him and jumped onto him, chest to chest with my head snuggled into his neck and my [hands] behind his head.

"I could feel a strong push of blood rushing from the back of his head and tried to stop this with my hands."

As Elder-Holmes lay on Morris, other party attendees arrived, including Morris' sister and cousins, and police.

Elder-Holmes said she was "screaming for help and an ambulance but no one helped me or said anything..."

According to Elder-Holmes, it took 30 minutes for the ambulance to arrive, and the ambulance initially took Morris to North Shore Hospital instead of Auckland central.

Elder-Holmes and Morris' father, Chris, rode in the ambulance while his sister and her partner followed behind.

"The police were trying to pull them over the whole way to the hospital and blocked them from coming into ED when they arrived," Elder-Holmes wrote.

"When we arrived at the hospital they took Connor away we waited in the whanau room.

"Shortly after arriving we were told Connor was gone."

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