Monday, July 15, 2024

Further arrests in Casebrook murder

Canterbury Police have arrested three more people following the shooting death of 16-year-old Connor Whitehead in Casebrook on Friday night.

“A 32-year-old man was arrested at a Burnside residential address last night following the execution of a search warrant. He is assisting Police with their enquiries,” said Christchurch CIB Detective Senior Sergeant, Nicola Reeves.

Two women, aged 36 and 43, have also been arrested and charged with accessory after the fact to murder. They are due to appear in the Christchurch District Court today.

“The 46-year-old man arrested on Saturday night is also due to appear today facing one charge of accessory after the fact to murder,” said Det Snr Sgt Reeves.

“Officers continue to investigate this incident and are actively seeking one other person we believe was involved in Connor’s death.

“That person is aware they are being sought and we encourage them to come forward and speak with Police.”

Connor’s devastated family issued a public statement regarding his death, saying they were still trying to come to terms with his death.

“We are in shock and want answers about what happened to our beloved son, brother, and friend. The magnitude of this senseless loss hasn’t begun to sink in,” they said.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received, and the generosity shown by everyone during this difficult time.

“Connor was dearly loved, and his passing has left a huge hole in our lives. He was a kind, talented and deeply loyal young man who had such a bright future ahead of him.” 

His family said Connor was in no way connected to, or affiliated with, the people who were responsible for his death.

“We would like to thank emergency services for their response on Friday night and their ongoing support.”

“We ask for privacy at this time as we grieve and process the tragic loss of Connor. We ask that the media respect this and do not contact us. Any further queries should be directed to the Police Media Team,” the family statement concluded.

Anyone who has any information which may assist is asked to contact Police on 105 and quote event number P048523046.

Information can also be provided anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

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