Father's death devastates family
A young father of two who died after an alleged assault at a party in Christchurch was a quiet, hard-working man, his grieving family say.
Utupo Alfred Waterhouse, known as Alfred, died in Christchurch Hospital on Sunday, a week after he was injured outside a Beresford St party.
The 20-year-old and his family had moved from Samoa to Christchurch in 1996. He later attended Linwood College and was a keen rugby player.
He got married at the age of 17 and had two daughters - Puna and Leone - with his wife Lepona Waterhouse Sitagata.
Rev Perkins Waterhouse said his son was a "strong boy", who worked hard at his job at a seafoods factory in Riccarton.
The family were in shock over his death, which happened while they were still getting over the loss of their mother, Fofogaolevai Sauleone, who died of cancer in November 2012.
Alfred Waterhouse was in a coma in intensive care for a week before the family were told it was unlikely he would ever recover.
"We are devastated by this loss."
He thanked those who had given the family support since his son was taken to hospital. Alfred Waterhouse's funeral will be held at the Samoan Congregational Church in Shirley at 10am on March 18.
A 20-year-old has been charged with injuring with intent and is to appear in the Christchurch District Court on March 24.
A second man, aged 30, has been charged with assault.