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Hunter's family 'devastated' by death

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 5/04/2016

Danny Jordan died when he was accidentally shot © Facebook Danny Jordan died when he was accidentally shot A soldier fatally shot while hunting in the Ruahine Ranges "was a loving, loveable and respectful young man", his family says.

Danny Rion Jordan, 23, was hunting with two army friends when he was accidentally shot by someone from another group on the Sparrowhawk Track in the lower North Island on March 31.

Mr Jordan, a sapper in the New Zealand Defence Force, was stationed at Linton Military Camp.

His family has issued a statement about their loss through the NZDF.

"We, the family of Danny Jordan are devastated at the loss of our beloved Danny," the statement reads.

"Our Danny lived life to the full, never a dull moment. From fishing, diving, work, friends, family, and his passion of hunting."

The family said they were comforted by the "love and support of so many" and their hearts and thanks went out to Mr Jordan's two army friends who were with him when he died.

"Danny has a huge family in the army whom he always had brothers to share adventures with. We are blessed with the amazing support the Army has given us, making an impossible time a time of love, support, and space to grieve."

Mr Jordan was a "loving, loveable and respectful young man who gave to so many in so many different ways", his family said.

"We are feeling all the love that Danny had given to so many, which is now being returned to us and we are eternally grateful."

Mr Jordan's funeral will be held in Waiuku, where he grew up.

An investigation into his death continues.

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