Police shooting victim laid to rest

Last updated 15:20 01/04/2011
Lachan Kelly-Tumarae
Dominion Post

FINAL GOODBYE: Friends and family of Lachan Kelly-Tumarae gather at Omahu Marae in Fernhill, Hastings today.

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A funeral was held today for the young man killed in a Hawke's Bay police shooting this week.

Lachan Kelly-Tumarae, 19, was farewelled at Omahu Marae in Fernhill, Hastings, near where he was shot dead by an officer in the early hours of Monday morning.

Today, the crowd of more than 500 sang, prayed and listened as friends described how Kelly-Tumarae had grown from a "cheeky little fellow" into a man of more than six feet tall who had developed presence and leadership qualities.

Kelly-Tumarae reportedly twice pointed a shotgun at police and may have fired a shot when confronted by officers during a chase, though police have so far refused to release details.

Detective superintendent Andy Lovelock said today the investigation into the shooting would continue into next week.

"We have interviewed all police staff and others involved in the incident.  It will be several weeks though before the results of forensic tests are available," Lovelock said.

Lovelock said police had spoken to the occupants of a grey van that was seen coming out of Wordsworth Cresent in Maraenui around the same time as police's first interaction with Mr Kelly-Tumarae.

"We're very grateful for the help and co-operation we have received from the public during this inquiry," he said.

On Thursday, at the invitation of the family, a group of senior police staff were welcomed onto the marae where Kelly-Tumarae's body was at rest.

Three inquiries are now underway: a murder investigation, Police Complaints Authority inquiry and Coroner's inquest.  

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