Grace Millane: Friend of family shares grief for his friend's little sister

As the world watches on, those here in New Zealand have remembered Grace Millane with a minute of silence and a waiata.

Four hundred candles were lit on Queenstown's lake front in her memory on Tuesday night.

Her birthday candles were lit by Joshua Lewis, a friend of Grace's brother, who knew her for 15 years. 

"She's a beautiful, talented lovely girl with the rest of her life ahead of her," he told Newshub.

As it rained, he stood among dozens of strangers, who gathered in her memory.

"The word sorry isn't enough, it shouldn't have happened," Queenstown vigil organizer Amanda Morris said.

Police revealed Grace's body was found intact and now they want to find an Atlas Trade shovel that could've been left anywhere between the central city and Scenic Dr.

As police continue their painstaking investigation, anger is rising surrounding Grace's alleged killer's name suppression.

"I just can't see the justification for name suppression at all in this case," said National Party member Chris Finlayson.

But Justice Minister Andrew Little is warning people - including British media - to abide by our suppression laws. 

Posting his name online and on social media could potentially compromise the 26-year-old's right to a fair trial.

"If he doesn't and he gets to walk away that's an injustice, a further injustice to the Millane family," Mr Little said.

For Mr Lewis, he says Grace's family will be appreciating the outpouring of support from New Zealanders.

"I do really appreciate the support and everything. I'm sure everyone at home will appreciate it a lot as well," he said.

On Wednesday evening members of the public will have the chance to pay their respects to Grace at one of the many vigils being held across the country.


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