Group of men tried to save dying man during party at Three Kings home

Police are investigating a suspected homicide after a party turned ugly on a "relatively quiet" Auckland street.
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Police are investigating a suspected homicide after a party turned ugly on a "relatively quiet" Auckland street.

Police are looking for three men who attempted to help the 25-year-old man killed at a party on a "relatively quiet" Auckland street.

Police were called to the reportedly rowdy house party on Haughey Ave, Three Kings in the early hours of Saturday morning. 

The man was one in a "number of separate groups" that met up at Gemini Bar in Otahuhu before heading the the Haughey Ave address in Three Kings around 2.30am, police say.

Forensics remain at the scene as investigations into the man's death continue.
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Forensics remain at the scene as investigations into the man's death continue.

Police found him in a critical condition in the driveway after being called following reports of noise and fighting just before 3am, and are treating his death as suspicious. 

"When police arrived people had begun to disperse, however someone has asked police for assistance with an injured person at the address, who was given CPR. This has been unsuccessful and the man has passed away at the address'," a police spokeswoman said.

A group of young men, described as Maori and Polynesian, aged between 18 and 25, helped the man by putting him into the recovery position, Detective Inspector Aaron Pascoe said. 

"These three stayed with the young man and continued to assist him after others had left the address."

"This group will know who they are and we need their help," Pascoe said. 

Meanwhile, a blue tent was erected in the road opposite one of the houses. Forensics were working at the scene and a policeman is keeping guard.

A local resident who did not want to be named has lived on the street for 30 years and is in shock.

"Nothing like this has ever happened, it's a relatively quiet street," he said.

He said he didn't hear the reported violence take place but added that police were occasionally called to a house where he believed "street kids" were living.

Another Haughey Ave resident said: "I didn't hear anything, but we've noticed in the last couple of months a lot of unknown cars parked around there".

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"We noticed a lot of teenagers there and some of our neighbours have gone to police," she added.

There were concerns the street was becoming unsafe, she said. 

The house where the party is believed to have taken place belongs to Housing New Zealand.

Police are in the process of informing the victim's family of his death as the incident continues to be investigated.

A number of people are being spoken to, and police are urging anyone present at the party to come forward.

They are asked to call the Auckland Police Crime Coordinator on 09 3026 557 or anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 - Stuff

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