Recently there was a brutal murder of a 26 year old man in Botany Downs, Auckland.
The Herald covered it:
Three people arrested at homicide scene, neighbours say
Arrests in Botany Downs Death Case
Home-Invasion Victim touched many lives
And now that i've had a chance to do some reading on it, I've found other articles:
XtraMSN: Home Invasion Victim To Be Buried Friday. (And I read it Saturday. hrmph).
I had managed to catch just one telecast news bulletin which mentioned his name - and have to admitt when his name was read out as "Jason Noe Kia Chong Boon" i thought in passing 'I went to school with a guy called Jason Boon" and didn't have time to process that thought any further. (Work has been rediculously busy lately).
It was a phonecall from my sister a coupla days later - being earlier this week - when she had finally heard about it (god knows how often she gets the news...!) that the penny fully dropped. And today i've had a chance to confirm it for my own satisfaction.
I knew Jason from school. He was a-friend-of-a-classmate and though I got on with him well enough most of the time, where one of the articles referenced above notes his readiness with a joke or prank - I just saw him as a pain in the backside regarding his smartass attitude.
Still, he wasnt a bad sort. He was good mates with a very good friend of mine back in 4th form or therabouts, anyway, and well, noone deserves that sorta treatment - certainly he didn't!.
My sister was quite cut up when she called. She was quite involved in the clubbing scene in Auckland and had gotten to know Jason through that environment as well, I gather. So sad for her, too...