Police investigating the homicide of Rei Marshall in New Plymouth last week have arrested three men in relation to his death.
Rei, 23, was brought to Taranaki Base Hospital by associates on the evening of Wednesday 3 August, but passed away from his injuries.
The men, aged 25, 26 and 16, were arrested today have been charged with murder. They are due to appear in New Plymouth District Court on 9 August.
‘We can confirm those arrested have gang connections,’ said a statement from police.
‘Police are pleased to have made quick arrests in the matter, which we hope will provide Rei’s family with some comfort.
‘We are in the early stages of our enquiries and although arrests have been made, we are still working to establish the full circumstances of Rei’s death.
‘Police are now appealing to the public for sightings and any information regarding two specific vehicles.
‘The first is a grey/silver 2005 Mazda Axela hatchback, with a damaged front driver’s side headlight, any time from Tuesday 2 August, but in particular in the New Plymouth Area including Blagdon on Wednesday 3 August around 5.30pm.
‘The second is described as a smaller Japanese hatchback, possibly blue in colour, around a 2010 year model, seen in the vicinity of 100 South Road on Wednesday 3 August about 6pm.
‘If you saw either of these vehicles or have information about them that might help with our enquiries, we urge you to call the dedicated phone number – 0800 287 453.’