Town farewell for slain Voudouris
After family members say goodbye to slain pizza chef Jordan Voudouris, so will Paeroa.
Business leaders and Hauraki District mayor John Tregidga have decided to hold a remembrance service at the War Memorial Hall following Mr Voudouris' funeral.
But a date is yet to be set.
Positive Paeroa chairman Brian Smith said there was never any doubt about marking Mr Voudouris' death publicly.
"Everyone was extremely positive about the idea," he said.
"I believe we're looking at two local ministers who will run it. I've been asked to speak on behalf of the business community and other community leaders will speak about memories of Jordan. But we've still got to nut it all out."
The decision comes as police continue their homicide investigation into Mr Voudouris' death.
The 55-year-old won the town over during the eight years that he ran Mykonos Pizza and Pasta on Belmont St and residents were shocked when he was found dead behind his shop on Monday morning.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Whitehead said interim autopsy results gave police a clear indication of how Mr Voudouris had suffered the injuries that caused his death.
"This information may prove vital to catching the offender and solving this homicide, so police will not be commenting on those details at this stage of the investigation."
Mr Whitehead said further examination of CCTV coverage in Paeroa shows a number of people walking or driving through the town during the late evening on Sunday and early morning on Monday.
"Police are working to identify these people so they can be spoken to, but this is a time-consuming and painstaking process.
"We therefore ask that anyone who may have been in the [CBD] area between 10pm on Sunday, June 17 and 6am on Monday, June 18 to please make contact. They may have information that will assist to identify the person or persons responsible for Mr Voudouris' death."
Call Paeroa Police Station on 07 862 8744, or leave information anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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