Watch live: Parents of Christchurch teen Connor Whitehead speak to media following his death


The parents of 16-year-old Connor Whitehead, who was shot dead in Christchurch last Friday night, are speaking publicly for the first time.

Watch from about 4pm:

Connor’s dad James Whitehead and his mum, Cheryl, will address a media briefing alongside Detective Senior Sergeant Nicola Reeves of the Christchurch police.

Connor was attending a party in the suburb of Casebook and was standing outside with his friends when he was shot. He was given first aid but died at the scene.

Connor Whitehead who was fatally shot in Christchurch on 5 November 2021

The death of Connor Whitehead has left a huge hole in their lives, his family said earlier this week. Photo: Give a Little

Four people are facing charges over the Burnside High School student’s death while a fifth is being sought.

A 32-year-old man has been charged with murder and was due to appear in court today but remains in hospital recovering from injuries sustained during his arrest on Sunday evening.

His lawyer did not apply for bail, leaving Judge John Brandts-Giesen to remand him in custody.

He will appear in the High Court in Christchurch on 26 November alongside three other people charged in relation to the teenager’s death.

A 46-year-old man and two women, aged 43 and 36, had their bail applications declined when they appeared in the Christchurch District Court yesterday.

They were granted interim name suppression and have been remanded in custody.

They are all charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder.

In a statement yesterday, Connor’s family said they were devastated by his death and still trying to come to terms with what had occurred.

“We are grateful for the outpouring of love and support we have received, and the generosity shown by everyone during this difficult time.

“Connor was dearly loved, and his passing has left a huge hole in our lives. He was a kind, talented and deeply loyal young man who had such a bright future ahead of him.”

The family statement said Connor was in no way connected to, or affiliated with, the people who are responsible for his death.

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