Millie Elder-Holmes. Photo Getty
Millie Elder-Holmes' boyfriend was not specifically
targeted in the incident that killed him, police believe.
Connor Morris, 26, died at the scene of the incident at Don
Buck Road in the Auckland suburb of Massey, after police were
called around midnight last night.
He had been in a long-term relationship with Ms Elder-Holmes,
the adopted daughter of broadcaster Sir Paul Holmes who died
from cancer last year.
Information gathered since early this morning is that a group
of people Mr Morris was associated with were walking to a
service station to purchase refreshments, police said in a
"They have walked past a party and an altercation has then
taken place and a fight has broken out."
Police believed around 25 to 30 people were involved in the
"There is currently nothing to suggest that the fight was the
result of any gang tensions and police can confirm that it
did not occur at a gang address.
At this early stage of the investigation police believe this
was a random incident, and the victim was not specifically
Two people were arrested at the scene for disorder-related
offences however no charges have been laid.
Other people were injured in the altercation, Detective
Inspector Greg Cramer said. "There were a number of minor
injuries consistent with a fight."
A large team of police are working on the case and officers
remain at the scene of the incident this evening. A forensic
examination has been underway since the early hours of the
A post mortem examination has concluded that Mr Morris
sustained a head injury, police said.
"A weapon is believed to be involved but exactly what type of
weapon is yet to be determined."
One of the key elements of the investigation was to determine
exactly who and how many people were involved, police said.
"When police arrived at last night's scene there were around
15 people on the road, and it is believed that up to another
15 people were at a nearby address.
"Mr Morris's family are understandably traumatised and police
and Victim Support are continuing to offer assistance in this
Police were called to the scene around midnight following
reports that a group of people were fighting.
Emergency services arrived soon after and found Mr Morris was
seriously injured. He was treated by paramedics in the
ambulance, but died on the way to hospital.
Mr Cramer said police were speaking with a large number of
people who were in the area at the time.
"Anyone who may have information that can help us is asked to
call the Henderson police.
"If you wish to be anonymous you can call Crimestoppers on
0800 555 111."
Mr Morris and Ms Elder-Holmes, who celebrated their sixth
anniversary together in June, have spoken previously of their
long battle against drug-addiction and troubles with the law,
and their love for each other pulling them through that dark
Mr Morris and Ms Elder-Holmes' friends and family took to
social media this morning.
His brother, Calen Morris, vented on Facebook: "my big
hearted little brother was murdered last night. from hoodlums
with f**ken knifes and s*** lives ... rot in hell".
"im sorry but people need to ... teach your f***en kids right
from wrong! i love my family and im sorry i wasnt there
"be strong morris crew and ill see you all soon. only the
good die young! im keeping my cool right now ... "
Rikki Hewitt tweeted: "Omg really feeling for Millie Holmes
right now :( RIP Conner."
The owner of a shop near the house where Mr Morris died said
there hadn't been trouble there before.
People passing the scene said they were shocked by the
"Is that the fifth [homicide] out here? Too many, too many,"
one man said.
In 2012, Ms Elder-Holmes told Metro she would not have been
able to fight her P addiction and turn around her life around
without Mr Morris. They eventually became clean without
professional help by living a hermit-like existence --
eating, sleeping and watching TV -- in their west Auckland
"Connor is my biggest fan. He gets so excited and proud of me
for my (Facebook Clean Eatz NZ) page," Ms Elder-Holmes said
in March this year.
They had recently been on their first overseas trip together
-- Asia, Dubai, Italy, Paris, Amsterdam and Greece.