Family's heartbreak after 16yo girl slain in Dunedin

Amber and her mother Lisa Ann.
Amber and her mother Lisa Ann. Photo credit: Supplied

The family of a 16-year-old girl killed in Dunedin are speaking out over their heartbreak and calling for justice.

Dunedin Police were called to a Clermiston Avenue address on Saturday morning and found Amber Rush's body at the property. Police say she was murdered by a 30-year-old man who was known to her.

Now, her family are mourning their loss and paying tribute to their loved one. Amber's brother wrote of his pain on Facebook.

"I still don't think even I understand show much you have impacted my families lives yet," he said.

"You took away my entire families closest friend and most loved little girl. You really do have no idea what you've done."

Amber holding her sister's baby.
Amber holding her sister's baby. Photo credit: Supplied

Amber's mother, Lisa Ann, wrote of her grief - saying the alleged murderer had "killed our entire life".

"I don't know how to be without you, I cannot see a way to live without you, you're everything to me, to all of us," she wrote.

"You may be the baby of the family, but you are and will forever be the heart and soul of our family, I promised you that you would never be alone, and you won't, not ever.

"I love you with every inch of my soul, forever baby girl, love mum xoxoxo."

Police say they aren't looking for any other suspects.

The 30-year-old accused will appear in the Dunedin District Court on Monday.

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