The 27-year-old man fatally killed in a gangland shooting that he spent the day before his death in a children's park for the seventh birthday of his son.
Monstrel Mob member Kevin Ratana, also known as "Kastro", was killed Tuesday morning in what family members described as an attack on a family home by a rival gang.
The shooter was still at liberty on Wednesday morning, but the police confirmed that both the shooter and Ratana were known to them & # 39; & # 39; goods.
On Monday, Ratana took out his eldest son, Harlem-Ray, to celebrate his seventh birthday at the popular Kowhai Park playground on the banks of the Whanganui River for the day. In the evenings, Ratana sent him back to his home in Hastings.
* Man shot at alleged gangs in Whanganui
* Killers still on the course after shooting Whanganui
Cousin Shan Albert said that Ratana grew up as one of the youngest cousins in a close family.
"He was a great father to his two sons", the other is 3.
"Yes, he was a gang member, but that was only one side of him." It was first family, "she said.
"Although his family background was not that big, nothing could stop him from doing what he wanted to do."
Ratana grew up in a street off the street where he was shot. His father was involved with gangs for years, and he moved among a number of them, and Ratana grew up around them.
The police continue investigations and forensic investigations in Puriri St House in Castlecliff, Whanganui, on Wednesday, but have said they believe more than one person has performed the shooting before escaping into a vehicle. No one has been arrested in connection with the incident.
MURRAY WILSON / STUFF
Ratana's involvement with the Mongrel Mob included spending time with them in Hastings as a teenager and in Australia, but he had gone back to Whanganui in recent years.
"He was a father's boy, he was raised here in Tongariro St. He went to Cullinane College until he moved to Hastings when he was fifteen," said Albert.
Several family members spoke of Ratana who started a new phase in his life, with a new partner and stepchildren. He had plans to live with them in another house in Whanganui, that would be safer because the Puriri St house was in an area where the rival Black Power gang was active.
His aunt, who did not want to be mentioned, said that Ratana was a family man and would help people with food, money, furniture, cars, and a place to stay.
Albert said he was known in the city because of his bond with the Mongrel Mob.
"Everyone knew who he was, but he set a front"
On Tuesday many family members came and went from the cordon next to the crime scene where Ratana lay while the police did forensic investigation. They planned to stay with his body until he moved off the stage, his aunt said.
Whanganui detective inspector Ross McKay said on Monday that Ratana was "known" to the police, just as the group thought they were responsible for the recordings. But the police still tried to find out who was when the shooting happened.
In 2007, toddler Jhia Harmony Te Tua was shot when she slept on a couch at her home on Puriri St. Her father was a patented Black Power member and Mongrel Mob members were later convicted of her death.