Topic: Crime

Vigil being held for slain Te Atatū local

By Renee Kahukura-Iosefa
  • Auckland

The people of Te Atatū in West Auckland are trying to come to terms with the violent and brutal murder of Cun Xiu Tian in her own home in Glenvill Lane, Te Atatū Peninsula.  

Police are urging people who have seen any suspicious behaviour in the area, before or after the murder, to contact them.

Cun Xiu Tian was an elderly women aged 69 who lived in Glenvill Lane in Te Atatū.  Her daughter and son-in-law found her body last Friday evening. 

Police say, last Friday morning Cun Xiu Tian was brutally murdered in a vicious and prolonged attacked in her own home.  

Despite police appeals to the public for any information, they were saying nothing to the media today.

Dame June Mariu lives nearby to Ms Cun's home in Te Atatū. Like many others, she is shocked, "My condolences to the family I thought what if this had happened to one of us, it's scary."

Shane White, marae manager of Hoani Waititi Marae says it raised concerns about the safety of their own elders who live nearby. 

"Heart felt condolences to the elderly women and her family something so terrible has happened to them, it raised concerns for our own elders who live nearby," says White.

At 7pm tonight the Te Atatū Baptist Church will hold a candlelight vigil for Cun Xia Tian.