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Lower Hutt teen will be sorely missed

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/11/2016


"I got the phone call that no mother should ever get ... I had to celebrate her 18th birthday without her and she didn't get to go to her school ball." - Teisha Paratene, Awhi's mother

"It literally hurts my entire being ... I only had 17 years with my sister and it's not enough." - Melissa Toko, Awhi's older sister

"We often talked about our future but now I am at a loss." - Nathaniel Gonzalez, Awhi's boyfriend, who missed Paul Skipper's sentencing because of school exams, and who held her after she was stabbed

"It grieves me to watch my son deal with his loss ... I still look for her in the after-school crowd as I wait for my own children." Adria Gonzalez, Nathaniel's mother

"He has now experienced evil first hand. What is a parent supposed to do with that?" - Matthew Gonzalez, Nathaniel's father.

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