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Details of aspiring New Zealand actor bashed to death

Details have emerged of the last moments a young aspiring actor spent alive before he was viciously bashed to death.

Eli Holtz, 18, was attacked in the Auckland CBD at 3.15am on Saturday, and died in hospital at 8.45pm on Sunday.

He had fired a water gun at a group of people from a car, and was allegedly dragged from the vehicle as it was parked at a red light.

He was allegedly beaten by one of the people he shot the water gun at, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Eli Holtz, 18, was allgedly attacked in the Auckland CBD at 3.15am on Saturday, and died in hospital at 8.45pm on Sunday

He had fired a water gun at a group of people from a car, and was allegedly dragged from the vehicle as it was parked at a red light

He had fired a water gun at a group of people from a car, and was allegedly dragged from the vehicle as it was parked at a red light

Mr Holtz's sister Chanelle Armstrong said her brother was 'so gentle and kind'

Mr Holtz’s sister Chanelle Armstrong said her brother was ‘so gentle and kind’

A 30-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter after Mr Holtz’s death.

The man appeared in the Auckland District Court on Tuesday morning, and has been granted interim name suppression.

Mr Holtz’s sister Chanelle Armstrong said her brother was ‘so gentle and kind’.

‘Nothing can be done to bring back my brother. It is just a tragedy everywhere,’ she told the Herald.

‘He had this huge beautiful smile and he was really kind-hearted, generous and gentle.’

He was one of seven children born and raised in Whangarei, north of Auckland.

He was allegedly beaten by one of the people he shot the water gun at, the New Zealand Herald reported

He was allegedly beaten by one of the people he shot the water gun at, the New Zealand Herald reported

He had just finished his final year of high school, and was planning to study drama

He had just finished his final year of high school, and was planning to study drama

He had just finished his final year of high school, and was planning to study drama in 2018.

Family and friends of Mr Holtz took to social media to pay tribute to him.

‘Gone way too soon but never forgotten,’ one family member said, while another posted ‘love you’.

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said police are hoping to speak to three men who were at the intersection at the time of the alleged attack

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said police are hoping to speak to three men who were at the intersection at the time of the alleged attack

A friend of Mr Holtz posted ‘rest easy up there in heaven… love you my bro’. 

Detective Inspector Scott Beard said police were hoping to speak to three men who were at the intersection at the time of the alleged attack.

Police are also hoping to speak to the occupants of a white Toyota Prius parked behind the car Mr Fultz was in before he was allegedly pulled out. 

Police are also hoping to speak to the occupants of a white Toyota Prius parked behind the car Mr Fultz was in before he was allegedly pulled out

Police are also hoping to speak to the occupants of a white Toyota Prius parked behind the car Mr Fultz was in before he was allegedly pulled out

 

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