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Posted January 14, 2018 09:47:24A “broken” Māoris journalist who says she is being bullied by the media after reporting on the murder of a young Aboriginal man was not at home when the murder took place, according to a statement released to the media.
Shauna McClean, 26, was stabbed to death in Kānekeia, a suburb of Wairarapa, in February 2017.
The statement from her family says her brother and father were both out celebrating a New Year’s Eve night when she was approached by two men who approached her on the street.
Ms McClean says they started arguing with her about the murder, and she was stabbed.
The men fled the scene, but Ms McClean later found a note saying she was going to be murdered and dumped in a bush.
She was found by a passerby the next morning.
Her body was discovered at a farm in Kaitaia about 20km (12 miles) from Wairamata, which is near Kākeia.
She died on the spot.
Her family said the incident was very traumatic for her, and they were “broken”.
Ms McClan is survived by her boyfriend and sister, as well as her parents and stepfather.
Her funeral is being held on Thursday.