Women choked back tears while men stood solemn-faced as slain security guard Charanpreet Singh Dhaliwal was farewelled at a service last night.
About 100 people from the Sikh community gathered at Gurudwara Sikh Temple in Otahuhu to pay tribute to the 22-year-old.
Many dropped their heads into clasped hands as his coffin, which bore three photos, was taken out of the hearse and into the group of mourners.
Mr Dhaliwal was remembered as a "kind soul" who came to New Zealand for a better future and education.
A teacher at NZSE, where Mr Dhaliwal studied business, said the school was saddened by his death and that he had to "go away like this".
Member of the Sikh community Hardayal Singh said thoughts were with Mr Dhaliwal's mother and family back in India, who will soon have his body returned to them.
Many spoke of their need to find out what happened to Mr Dhaliwal and "bring justice" to those responsible.
"But even that could not bring the boy back," Mr Singh said.
Meanwhile, police were investigating whether anything was stolen from Mr Dhaliwal or his car that was parked unlocked near where he was found.
His body was found slumped at a Henderson, West Auckland, construction site about 3am on November 18.
An autopsy revealed he died from head injuries caused by an assault.
Police issued a renewed appeal for anyone near the construction site - near the Lincoln Rd motorway over-bridge - to come forward.
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