The family of murdered teenager Christie Marceau have asked for space and privacy to grieve her sudden loss.
Marceau's boyfriend, Joseph Burton-Burn, and the Marceau family, today thanked people for their condolences in a statement.
The family requested that their privacy be respected at this "emotional time'' and asked that no media representatives attend or are present at the funeral service.
They asked friends of Marceau to "please stay strong and hold tight to all those happy memories we have of an amazing young woman who we have lost all too soon''.
Police responding to an urgent 111 call found Christie's body at her home on Auckland's North Shore at 7.15am on Monday.
They also found a bloodstained knife.
Akshay Anand Chand, who turns 19 tomorrow, was also at the property and was later arrested and charged with killing Christie.
The Herald understands Chand and Christie knew each other from school.
The pair never had a relationship.
Christie finished at ACG Parnell College last year and was in her first year of study at AUT University. Chand is unemployed, according to court documents.
Burton-Burn took to his Facebook page yesterday to share his feelings.
"All I can do is be glad that I ever met her and look back at the amazing month we had together before she had to go,'' he wrote. "I spent today with Christie's family. We went to visit the house, it was so hard ... we picked some clothes for her to wear [and] sorted out the funeral as well."