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Friends lament double tragedy

NZ Newswire September 16, 2012, 10:06 am

Hundreds of people lamenting two violent deaths in Kapiti within five weeks have paid tribute to the young man found dead in a Paraparaumu carpark after a bar fight.

A Facebook page set up by friends of 20-year-old Sean Strongman-Lintern dubbed RIP Sean features outpourings of grief and condolences to his Waikanae family along with disbelief about the double tragedy for the community.

Kapiti police say Mr Strongman-Lintern's death early on Saturday and that of Izak Millanta, 17, who died in hospital after a confrontation five weeks ago, are unrelated but the Facebook page shows the two had mutual friends.

A 22-year-old man was charged with Mr Strongman-Lintern's murder on Saturday and will appear in court on Monday and a 25-year-old Porirua man has been charged with Izak's manslaughter.

Mr Strongman-Lintern is believed to have died instantly after suffering a single stab wound to the chest. He was found by a passing police patrol surrounded by a group of people outside the Monteith's Brewery Bar in the Kapiti Lights complex metres from the local police station.

Detective Senior Sergeant Mike Oxnam said he had been involved in fight but a weapon was not found at the time.

"Police are now seeking any information relating to a knife, or similar item, that may have been discarded in the Kapiti Lights area, or along State Highway 1 south," he said.

Kapiti Mana area commander Inspector John Price said on Saturday that as far as police knew the two incidents had no correlation, but admitted Kapiti was a small place.

Police had increased their presence in the area since Izak's death and were working with local iwi, community organisations and the Kapiti District Council on the issue of youth in trouble after consuming drugs and alcohol.

The mother of a friend of Mr Strongman-Lintern posted a comment on the Facebook page saying her heart was breaking for his family.

"Gone way too soon after a Friday night out. This is nuts. Please everyone let's keep our young people safe."

The Facebook page says Mr Strongman-Lintern's body will be at Whakarongotai marae in Waikanae on Sunday before travelling to Whakapara marae in Northland on Tuesday.

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