Teacher fondly remembered
THE YOUNG teacher who died in hospital after being assaulted in the city centre early on Sunday morning is being fondly remembered.
Tarun Asthana, 25, was attacked outside McDonald’s on lower Queen St at about 5.10am after a night of clubbing with friends.
He was knocked to the ground by a single punch and lost consciousness after his head struck the pavement.
The Mt Albert resident was rushed to hospital and placed on life support which was turned morning.
He and his family were members of the Christ the King Parish in Owairaka.
Father Peter Tipene has known the family for about four years and spent time with them at the hospital before Mr Asthana’s death.
‘‘I was just impressed with the friends who turned up. They were in tears but supporting each other.
‘‘I think his mother is grateful he didn’t suffer. She’s a very faithful woman and she knows he has gone to his great reward.
‘‘Now they’re regrouping and will have to get used to
off on Monday life without their loved son.’’
A funeral service is expected to be held for Mr Asthana on Saturday.
‘‘He was very bright, personable, and full of life. He had a great love of children. Kids were attracted to his personality and his sense of fun,’’ Father Tipene says.
Mr Asthana worked as a relief teacher intermittently at Kowhai School.
‘‘Our staff got to know him very well and we are very sad to lose him. Our staff and children are remembering Tarun with great affection,’’ principal Paul Douglas says.
Grenville David McFarland, the man charged with assaulting Mr Asthana, is a naval rating.
He appeared in the Auckland District Court on Monday and was remanded on bail.
He is due to reappear in court on November 15 and police have indicated his charges will be upgraded.
Tarun Asthana: The 25-year-old trained teacher died after being punched to the ground in the central city on Sunday morning.