The man charged with assaulting 17-year-old Izak Millanta before he died has also been charged with assaulting the teenager's brother.
The accused, a 25-year-old unemployed man from Titahi Bay, was given interim name suppression when he appeared in Porirua District Court yesterday on charges of assaulting Izak Millanta on Saturday and his brother, Tane, in an earlier incident.
The man was remanded in custody to reappear next month.
About 20 members of the Millanta family filed silently into the courtroom and left without comment.
Izak Millanta died in Wellington Hospital early on Sunday morning after being found in a car park at Coastlands Mall with a graze on his head about 3am on Saturday.
Two men were seen allegedly chasing him through an alleyway minutes after a fight outside the Retro Bar at Kapiti Lights.
About 80 people attended a karakia yesterday morning near the bridge over Wharemauku Stream in the Coastlands car park, where Izak was found. Don Te Maipi, one of three kaumatua who performed the blessing, said he was amazed at the number of family and friends who attended and shed tears.
The 17-year-old's body was returned to his family's home in Raumati yesterday, where Kapiti College's kapa haka group performed a moving haka.
His funeral is taking place in a local park tomorrow.
Mr Te Maipi planned to hold a hui with parents and young people to try to put a stop to "horrible" acts of violence.
"It is terrible what is happening in our area . . . what is happening to our grandchildren," he said.
As a tribute to Izak, two skateboards, a bandanna, beer bottles, two children's bikes, bunches of flowers and two T-shirts - one inscribed with "rest on peace Zak, love ya" - have been placed on the Wharemauku Stream bridge.
A friend of Izak's said his mates were pleased someone had been arrested.
"At least there will be a bit of justice. He [Izak] was well loved and respected by everyone who knew him.
"What happened is disgusting . . . who done it should get the biggest sentence so he [Izak] can rest in peace."
The friend also called for the Retro Bar to be closed down or made to close earlier.
"One of our youth has been killed. It has gone too far."
Dubs Matapuku, a colleague of Izak's at Whitireia Polytechnic, was visibly upset when he attended the court appearance.
"He was a good guy, he had a lot of mates," Mr Matapuku said.
Tributes flowed for Izak yesterday on two Facebook pages set up in his memory. One had more than 3200 "likes" last night.
Some of the comments said those responsible deserved a similar fate, while others called for calm heads.
Em Yew Elly posted: "Justice will be served to those responsible for this. Don't take this into your own hands as hard as it may be . . . it would be a shame to read about you guys down the track doin something you will regret."
District councillor K Gurunathan is calling for the Retro Bar owners to reduce their opening hours as a show of faith to a community shocked by the death.
Nearly 20 drunk partygoers were ejected from the bar by police in June during a late-night swoop on about 150 people, mainly aged 18-20.
Retro Bar manager David Aitken said the incident during the weekend was unrelated to the bar.
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