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Another Indian student killed in Auckland

Posted by te2ataria on November 5, 2013

“I love you bro”

Those were the last words Eddie Lo said to his friend Tarun Asthana before his life support was switched off in Auckland City Hospital on Monday.

Tarun Asthana, 25, died yesterday after being punched outside McDonald’s in downtown Auckland’s Queen St early Saturday morning. He was returning from a night of clubbing with friends when he was punched and knocked to the ground, according to reports.

murder victim tarun asthana
Tarun Asthana, 25, was studying to be a teacher. He never expected his life would be cut short this way.

“He was a kind, loyal, fun-loving guy. He was always respectful and nice to be around,” said his former employer, restaurant owner Garry Bates.

“He was always very reliable, just a nice guy. I liked him, I’m very sad.”

His friend Eddie Lo, who was with him when he was viciously attacked, said Asthana’s death was “heartbreaking” and he had to keep telling himself “you’re in a better place now“.

Grenville David McFarland, 27, a sailor in NZ Navy (!) was charged with assaulting Asthana in the Auckland District Court on Monday. Police said they might consider upgrading the charge!

He was granted bail and ordered to return to court on 15 November.

“Auckland Mayor Len Brown says there has been progress in making central Auckland streets safer, but admits more work needs to be done to prevent deaths like that of Auckland student Tarun Asthana.”

Unfortunately, Mr Athana wasn’t available to comment on Mayor Brown’s statement.

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