Brother to Kiwi man in Sydney leads haka tribute in Aust death

December 23, 2015 5:08 pm
police start inquiry after Kiwi found lying injured in street dies in hospital.

A large crime scene has been established and examined by Forensic services. Photo / Bill Hearne

The brother of a Kiwi man fatally injured in a Sydney street has
performed a haka where the young man was found lying unconscious with
critical injuries.
Steven Ripley, also of New Zealand heritage,
was joined by a group of men in the suburb of Riverwood yesterday to pay
tribute to Roddy Carino.
Mr Carino, also known as Roddy Ripley,
was found in Price Lane just before 1am yesterday. Despite efforts by
those at the scene to save him, he later died at St George Hospital.
He was reportedly found 100m from home.
Some media reports have Mr Carino as 19 while others say he was in his early 20s.
Mr Ripley said his brother was a “happy chappie” and was “always smiling”.
Sydney newspaper the Daily Telegraph
said Mr Carino was found unconscious with head injuries near a 24-hour
gym and that police were alerted by an anonymous tip-off from a call at a
phone box nearby.

It reported that Mr Carino was believed to be a painter from New Zealand and had a 3-year-old child.
Friends told the Sydney Morning Herald that he grew up around Riverwood and had moved back into the area in the past two months.
One of them said a Maori ceremony was planned to “farewell his spirit”.
“We say a prayer, sing a song in our language and the men do a haka,” the friend told the Sydney Morning Herald. “It’s just a cleansing to send him off.”
Mr Ripley’s parents reportedly live in Newcastle and he has extended family in New Zealand.
Circumstances leading up to his death are now under investigation.
the early hours of yesterday morning, around the time Mr Carino was
found in the lane, Mr Ripley posted a message on Facebook asking where
his brother was.
“Does any one know where Roddy Carino has gone to,” the message read.
A man named Rod Carino then commented on the message to say Roddy Carino was at St George Hospital.
have ruled out a stabbing or shooting. They have indicated a crucial
piece of evidence could be in the triple zero [emergency] call made just
before 1am from a nearby public phone.

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