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Burned man laid to rest

Tevita Vuibau
Tuesday, February 05, 2013

NEW Zealand police will today release information why Fiji-born Shalvin Prasad may have been brutally killed over the weekend.

This as the 21-year-old, whose scorched body was found in an Auckland scrub fire last week, was laid to rest yesterday.

According to a report from New Zealand news agency APNZ, police expected to have more information today "concerning a potential reason for Shalvin being targeted".

Shalvin, who was to have turned 22 on Sunday, was last seen leaving his Auckland House on Wednesday last week and his body was later found in a scrub fire about 6.30 on Thursday morning.

Mourners at Mr Prasad's funeral, which was held at the Manukau Memorial Gardens, heard how the 21-year old was an avid soccer player and enjoyed Bollywood music.

His brother Pravin Prasad, told mourners who spilled out into the chapel courtyard, of his kind-spirited and respectful baby brother.

"He would just light up the world, just like that."

Pravin also spoke of how "innocent" and "naive" his brother was.'

Police believe Shalvin was killed by the scrub fire and say an accelerant was used. They have appealed to the public for information on two vehicles seen near the blaze on McRobbie Rd in Kingseat on Thursday morning.

One vehicle was described as blue/silver in colour and the other one was white. Both left McRobbie Rd at high speeds about 6.30am.