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Newtown fire victims names released

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Liam Hockings. PHOTO SUPPLIED.

Police can now release the names of one of those who died in the Loafers Lodge fire in Newtown, Wellington last week.

He was Liam James Hockings, age 50.

Liam’s family wishes to make a short statement, which Police is releasing on their behalf:

“We would like to thank everyone for their support and kindness at this time.”

The investigation into the fire continues.

The family asks for privacy at this time.

Kenneth Barnard

Police released the name of a second victim today, Kenneth Barnard, aged 67.

Kenneth Barnard. PHOTO SUPPLIED.

Kenneth’s family wishes to make a short statement, which Police released on their behalf.

“Kenneth was our brother, he was a funny little kid, a kindly boy who became a kindly man as he grew up. His nephews and nieces adored him.

His phone calls were always caring, and he was very patient when teased, which some of us did every time the opportunity presented itself. Rest in Peace dear Brother, we will really miss you.”

The investigation into the fire continues.

The family asks for privacy at this time.

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Source:NZ Police

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