The Indian couple killed in Auckland last week was the victim of a ‘family harm related incident’.
Police officers investigating the double homicide in Epsom on Friday have confirmed that this was family harm related incident.
Detective Inspector Scott Beard confirmed the identities of both victims.
“They were husband and wife Herman Bangera, aged 60 years, and Elizabeth Bangera, aged 55 years,” said Detective Inspector Scott Beard, Auckland City Police.
“They both died at the address after sustaining stab wounds.”
“A man who is related to the couple, is still in a critical but stable condition in Auckland Hospital. He remains under Police guard, and at this stage, Police are not seeking anyone else in connection to this incident,” said detective Beard.
The fourth person taken to the hospital on Friday was a close family friend called to the address.
Police says the scene examination is ongoing, and the investigation team is continuing to speak to people associated with the family.
Herman and Elizabeth hailed from Goa in India. They arrived in New Zealand over a decade ago.
The Indian community in Auckland is in deep shock, and people have posted tributes on social media.
“I will miss seeing Herman’s beautiful smile at work – Fisher and Paykel Healthcare,” posted a woman.
Another said they would never forget Herman’s kind heart and loving words.