Victim recalled as caring father

AL WILLIAMS
Last updated 05:00 18/05/2012
Shane Braddick and Jacob
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HOMICIDE VICTIM: Shane Braddick, with his son Jacob, in one of the family's favourite photographs.

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Homicide victim Shane Braddick was farewelled at an emotional ceremony in Temuka yesterday.

More than 100 people attended the service at the Trinity Presbyterian Church complex, where the 28-year-old was remembered as a caring father of Jacob, 5, a keen sportsman and computer savvy.

Mr Braddick, was found dead in York St, Timaru, early on Friday.

The service was led by Alison Anderson who read messages from relatives and friends.

She described how the family's hurt was almost unbearable.

"We feel such deep, deep pain; the agony inside gives such content because it tells us how much we love you."

Mr Braddick had attended Geraldine High School and moved on to work at a Geraldine supermarket and on dairy farms.

He excelled in representative golf as a teenager getting his handicap down to six and achieving a hole in one.

He studied information technology at Aoraki Polytechnic and was known for his computer expertise.

Through the speaker Mr Braddick's mother Heather described him as a devoted father.

"Shane was a devoted dad; he was often seen around Temuka walking his son.

"The real tragedy is that Shane was taken from him and he won't be replaced."

A former girlfriend and mother of his child, Zara, promised she would look after their son.

Friends said Mr Braddick was always someone they could rely on.

One said his passion was for computer hardware and networking.

"I was surprised at how many computer parts Shane had lying around; Shane would spend all day and night fixing people's computer problems."

His love of cars, particularly Holdens, was mentioned. A convoy of Holden Commodores led the funeral procession.

POLICE TEAM OF 17 WORKING ON THE CASE

A team of 17 police is investigating Shane Braddick's death.

Mr Braddick was found dead in York St, Timaru, early last Friday.

Johnny Holman was charged with his murder and has been remanded in custody until July 11 for a post-committal conference.

Detective Marion Neill said several witnesses had been interviewed.

Police are still interested in speaking to anyone with information about the movements of either man in the early hours of Friday.

An autopsy has been conducted, but Detective Constable Nick Osborne, of the Timaru CIB, said results were pending and a full report could be three months away.

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