Amy Farrall's caring, loving nature and tendency to try
to help people in need may have led to her violent death, her
friends and family fear.
The 24-year-old Christchurch community support worker's body
was found in the boot of her car at a city supermarket on
A 38-year-old man from the North Island, who had recently
been staying at her Woolston home after moving to
Christchurch, has been charged with sexual violation and
Police say he killed Ms Farrall, dumped her body, and fled to
the West Coast where he picked up two hitchhikers and then
He was granted name suppression and was remanded to the High
Court in Christchurch later this month at a special court
sitting at his hospital bedside today. He is undergoing
surgery for dog bite injuries sustained during his arrest
after a five-hour stand-off with police.
Ms Farrall's friends and family are struggling to come to
terms with her tragic death.
Her partner of seven years told 3 News he was devastated.
Cory McKeown and a group of friends painted a colourful mural
saying 'RIP Amy' on a fence at the supermarket carpark where
her body was found, a few kilometres from her home, as a
tribute to his 'beautiful' partner.
"There are no words for it," he said.
"She was my life, my rock, my soul mate."
Another friend, who did not wish to be named, told APNZ
today: "She was always helping people. That was just the way
she was. She's tried to help this guy, but ..."
Supermarket bosses gave permission for the mural to remain
for a week after her friends approached them for permission.
They will be allowed to paint a tribute piece on the fence
for the anniversary of her death every year and come and pay
their respects, a supermarket spokesman said.
A large group congregated around the mural in afternoon
sunshine today. They didn't want to comment further and
wanted to "be left alone to grieve".
Earlier, Ms Farrall's family had issued a statement saying
they were "devastated that her caring nature appears to have
been tragically taken advantage of."
A memorial service was held outside her Wildberry St house in
Woolston yesterday afternoon.
A poignant shrine with framed photographs and messages, along
with bouquets of flowers, was placed on the fence.
Behind the wooden fence and police cordon, the tidy home is
still being combed over by police forensic experts and
guarded by constables.
Ms Farrall, a former Lincoln High School student, studied
Mental Health Support Work at CPIT (Christchurch Polytechnic
Institute of Technology).
She worked as a caregiver for Richmond Fellowship in
Christchurch, a national non-government organisation that
provides community-based mental health and disability support
Police confirmed yesterday that the 38-year-old man from
Otaki, on the Kapiti Coast, had lived with her at her
Wildberry St address for a short period before her death.
One friend, Evie Penney says she's "absolutely devastated" to
lose her best friend so suddenly.
"You are a truly loving soul and the kindest person I have or
will ever know," she wrote on Facebook.
"No words can describe the pain and disbelief we're all
feeling right now."
Hayley Mitchell paid tribute to the "best role model a little
cousin could ask for".
"There will forever be a hole in our family that nothing will
be able to fill."
- by Kurt Bayer of APNZ