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The father of a 16-year-old boy brutally shot and killed at a birthday party has issued an emotional plea calling for the fifth suspect to turn himself in.

Connor Whitehead was talking to his friends outside a home in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Friday when a man fired into the crowd in a drive-by shooting.

Christchurch police have arrested the alleged killer and three other suspects and are actively searching for another person they believe is involved in Connor’s death.

Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Connor’s father, James Whitehead, said the family was “shocked and heartbroken” as he pleaded for the fifth suspect to come forward.

Family

“He should have been safe and he should be home with us,” Whitehead said.

“While we have many questions that need answered right now, we want to remember and celebrate Connor for the amazing son, brother and friend that he was.”

“We will always be so proud of him,” she added through tears.

Whitehead said his son did not know the killer and that his family had no connection to the people involved in the shooting.

He also thanked the community for supporting his family, including emergency personnel, police officers, and police dogs who attended the scene.

Suspect

Described as “an amazing kid” who loved making music, Mr. Whitehead used the lecture to send a message to the suspect who is still wanted for questioning.

“Do the right thing, surrender,” he said.

Police said he has made significant progress in “Operation Stack,” the task force involved in the investigation into Connor’s death.wikipedia

Detective Sergeant Major Nicola Reeves said they were continuing to make inquiries and were actively searching for another person involved in the murder.

She said the suspect is aware that he is being sought and encouraged him to come forward and request information from the public.

Incident

“Connor had his whole life ahead of him and this brutal and senseless incident has stolen that from him and his family,” Reeves said.

He also reiterated Mr. Whitehead’s earlier pleas to encourage the suspect to “do the right thing.”

Connor convinced his parents to let him attend the 15th birthday party and was allegedly the victim of random shooting.

Police believe uninvited guests arrived and after one of the parents was called to calm things down around 11 p.m. local time, an altercation ensued that allegedly resulted in gunfire.

The alleged gunman fired multiple shots, witnesses said, apparently at random.

Connor was on his feet talking to some friends when he was shot in the front of his body.

Charged

“Connor had his whole life ahead of him and this brutal and senseless incident has stolen that from him and his family,” Reeves said.

He also reiterated Mr. Whitehead’s earlier pleas to encourage the suspect to “do the right thing.”

Connor convinced his parents to let him attend the 15th birthday party and was allegedly the victim of random shooting.

Police believe uninvited guests arrived and after one of the parents was called to calm things down around 11 p.m. local time, an altercation ensued that allegedly resulted in gunfire.

The alleged gunman fired multiple shots, witnesses said, apparently at random.

Connor was on his feet talking to some friends when he was shot in the front of his body.

Her friends attempted emergency first aid while another made an emergency call.

Police arrived on the scene and attempted emergency CPR, followed by paramedics from the St John Ambulance 10 minutes later, but Connor was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 32-year-old man has been charged with murder.

Three people, a 46-year-old man and two women, 36 and 43, were charged with complicity after Connor’s murder.

All requests for bail were rejected and they were placed in pretrial detention without a guilty plea to appear in Christchurch High Court on November 26.

Connor’s students and friends have begun gathering at the scene to mourn the loss of him in what they now call ‘Connor’s Corner’.

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James Whitehead Quick and Facts

  • James Whitehead has spoken out on the heartbreaking death of his 16yo son
  • Connor was shot dead at 15th birthday party on Friday at a home in Christchurch
  • His father described him has an ‘amazing kid’ who loved making music 
  • The teenage victim and his family had no connection to the alleged gunman 
  • Police charged a 32-year-old with murder and three others as an accessory 
  • Detectives are still actively searching for a fifth suspect involved in the shooting 

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