A Rotorua family is mourning the loss of a "loving" son, brother and father. Samantha Olley reports.

Shyanne Hamilton turned 1 on May 18.

Her step-grandad Mark Lorigan was out the door at 8.30am to collect the cake.

His thick-skinned truck-driver hands secured the box of baked and iced decadence to stop it going splat during the 10-minute drive.

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The last thing he wanted to do was spoil the occasion.

But he needn't have worried.

At the family home, Rotorua police were walking up the concrete path, looking for Mark's wife, Shyanne's grandma, Adoniah Lorigan.

She greeted them on the

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