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Northern Ireland man John McKee found dead in New Zealand

By Ahmer Khokhar

A man originally from Northern Ireland who was killed while walking at night on a "dangerous" road in Auckland would have done anything for anyone, a friend has said.

John McKee, who had lived in New Zealand for a number of years, was a support worker at a rehabilitation centre for people with brain injuries.

The 49-year-old was found dead on Popes Road in Takanini, a suburb of Auckland, on September 15.

Two motorists said they saw a man believed to be Mr McKee hitch-hiking on a "dangerous" stretch a short time before his body was discovered.

One of them added she felt "sick" for failing to stop after she learned what had happened to him.

A friend of Mr McKee's who did not wish to be named said he was a "hard-working man who adored his children".

"He kept to himself and he would have run a mile if you wanted to take a photo of him," she added.

"He was kind, soft-hearted and was always willing to help others."

It is understood Mr McKee had a passion for and was a collector of abstract art.

A spokesman for local police said they were not looking for anyone in relation to the incident.

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