Christchurch homicide victim “Lovely man”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Jan 05, 2024 |

The man whose death is the focus of a police homicide investigation is Christchurch man David Bridgwater.

Police were called to Carisbrooke Street in Aranui early Thursday morning after neighbours reported hearing noises outside.

The 38-year-old’s body was found lying on the road.

In a statement, police said “Our sympathies are with his whānau and loved ones at this difficult time.

The investigation into David’s death is ongoing.

Police are continuing to seek a white 2006 Toyota Crown sedan, registration LEQ895.

The car has a sunroof, making it quite distinctive.

Anyone who has information which could assist the investigation is asked to contact Police via 105, quoting file number 240104/2142.

Information can also be provided anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111.

Bridgwater posted on Facebook on Christmas Day.

“I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a safe holidays and remember it’s not what’s under the tree it’s who’s around it I lost a few people this year that were very important to me and are no longer around.”

An associate of Bridgwater described him as a “lovely man and a caring father who would be dearly missed.”

Friend Michael Sturgess paid tribute to his mate online.

“With a heavy heart an very sore eyes from crying you will be missed so much my brother you didn’t deserve to go this way much love always an feeling for your whanau an friends right now.

“You will always have a piece of my heart and I’ll love a cherish all the memories brother miss your smile a sense of humour rest in love my brother David Bridgwater.”

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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