Auckland CBD shooting: Community rallies round victims’ families


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Auckland CBD shooting: Community rallies round victims' families
Auckland CBD shooting: Community rallies round victims' families

After the tragic shooting incident that occurred in Auckland CBD, the community has come together to show support and solidarity for the families of the victims. This act of unity highlights the resilience and compassion of the South Auckland community in difficult times.

The shooting took place on July 20, when a 24-year-old individual, identified as Matu Tangi Matua Reid, opened fire on construction workers at a site on Queen Street. The motivation behind the attack is yet to be confirmed, but it is believed to be related to Reid’s employment at the construction site.

Sadly, two men lost their lives in the shooting: Solomona Tootoo, aged 45, from Manurewa, and Tupuga Sipiliano, aged 44, from Wattle Downs. Councillors from the South Auckland area have been actively supporting the grieving families and the wider community during this difficult time.

One such councillor, Daniel Newman from the Manurewa-Papakura Ward, has been assisting one victim’s family in making funeral arrangements. He emphasizes the shock and grief experienced by the families and emphasizes that no one expects to go to work and lose their lives. Newman also highlights the growing concern about a sense of lawlessness in the community and the need for measures such as bail reforms to address this issue.

Alf Filipania, a Manukau Ward councillor, tries to provide reassurance by stating that this shooting was an isolated incident and not a recurring pattern. He expresses hope that the site will be blessed by mana whenua (local indigenous people) to create a safe environment for construction workers to return.

Marama Royal, chairperson of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, shares that their community will undertake efforts to restore the area where the tragedy occurred. This will involve a private dawn ceremony for those most directly affected and a public service to honor the victims.

Lotu Fuli, another Manukau Ward councillor, offers sincere condolences to the families of the victims and acknowledges the sadness and shock caused by the shooting. She also extends her sympathies to the Reid family, emphasizing that they, too, are likely experiencing pain during this difficult time. Fuli emphasizes the impact this tragedy will have on the extended families and the broader Pasifika community.

The shooting left ten people injured, with four still in the hospital at the time of writing. The recovery process for the critically injured, including a police officer, is expected to be lengthy. The community sends well-wishes and hopes for a speedy recovery to those affected.

In the face of this tragedy, the Auckland CBD community has rallied together, showing strength, resilience, and compassion for the victims’ families. This united front will serve as a reminder that in times of adversity, a community can come together to support one another and heal together.

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