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Deaths shock Korean community

Published: 4:59AM Thursday May 06, 2010 Source: Newstalk ZB/NZPA

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The deaths of three Korean women in Christchurch have stunned their local community.

Police are not seeking anyone in relation to the discovery of the women's bodies in a house in Avonhead yesterday.

They are all related and their closest family lives overseas. It's understood the Korean Consulate has been in touch with the women's family in Korea and they are on their way to New Zealand.

Christchurch Korean Society President Kevin Park says the tragedy is shocking news for Christchurch's 5000-strong Korean community.

Park says lots of Korean families want to stay as long as they can in New Zealand, looking for better educational opportunities. But he says they find it hard to manage their lives here because of financial pressures from the economic downturn.

Police were called to the house in Apsley Drive in Russley about 10.30am Wednesday, Detective Senior Sergeant Virginia Le Bas says. They found the bodies of a mother, in her 40s, and two teenage daughters.

The matter has been referred to the coroner and post mortem examinations will be carried out.

"Until the post mortem is completed ... I really can't say anymore," says Le Bas.

A real estate sign outside the family's home showed it was due to be auctioned on April 26.

"I haven't got anything to say, I'm just really sorry for their extended family and the Korean community," a real estate agent whose name was on the sign said.

Immigration officials reportedly visited the property on Wednesday morning. A spokeswoman for the Immigration Service declined comment last night and said any questions should be directed to police.