Families grieve teens killed after Christchurch police pursuit

Tributes are flowing for the three teenagers killed in a fiery Christchurch crash after an abandoned police pursuit.

Brothers Glen and Craig Mcallister, aged 16 and 13, were killed along with 13-year-old Brooklyn Taylor on Sunday.

The trio were fleeing from police when the stolen Mazda Familia they were in hit spikes laid by police, crashed into a tree and burst into flames on Blenheim Rd.

Police are yet to officially name the victims. 

A Givealittle page set up to fund the funerals of the Mcallister brothers has already raised more than $1600. 

Theresa Houghton, a close friend of the boys mother Juanita Rose, says she set up the page to take away the burden of paying to bury her sons. 

"My good friend Juanita has just lost both of her beautiful boys in a tragic accident," the page reads. 

"As a single mother who is struggling to cope with an unimaginable loss, I would like to make her stress a little easier to bear by taking away the burden of paying to bury her sons."

Families grieve teens killed after Christchurch police pursuit
Photo credit: NZ Police

Juanita Rose told Stuff she was in "severe shock" having learnt her sons had died and called them the "babies of her life". 

She wrote on Facebook "My beautiful baby boys... Sadly life dishes me incredible hurt like no other". 

Relations of Brooklyn Taylor have also been posting about their grave loss on social media. 

"We love you so f**king much boy," one relation wrote. 

Others have been sharing photos of the teen. 

The vehicle was travelling in excess of 130km/h in the Christchurch CBD when police began the pursuit, which lasted only one minute.

Police officers quickly abandoned the pursuit due to the dangerous way the vehicle was being driven. 

The officers tried to save the teens from the wreck but couldn't due to the intense heat from the flames. 

The Independent Police Conduct Authority is investigating the incident. 


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