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Three people have reportedly been arrested over the death of New Zealand father Alan Culverwell in Panama. 

 

Alan Culverwell, 60, died while defending his wife, Derryn, and two 11-year-old children near Morodub island, a popular tourist area. 

Local news outlet El Siglo reported a group of "hooded individuals" boarded his vessel about 2am. 

 

The family awoke to noise, which Alan got up to investigate. He was then shot by the attackers.

 

The three people arrested - including a minor - are reportedly due to face court in Colon on Sunday, New Zealand time, according to Panama broadcaster TVN. 

 

The Marlborough family had spent two years sailing around the Caribbean, and were on their way to the Panama Canal, before finally making their way back to New Zealand.

 

A GoFundMe fundraising page said the Culverwells were "without a doubt the kindest and most genuine family". 

 

Marlborough District councillor Nadine Taylor said Alan Culverwell had been a long-serving director on the NZ Paua Industry Council, which was collecting donations for his family.

 


 

 

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Two charged with murder after father shot dead on boat during Panama pirate raid.

 

Leandro Herrera and Avelino Arosemena are accused of killing Alan Culverwell while his yacht was docked off the country's north eastern Guna Yala shore line.

 

A third suspect, a minor, also appeared in court in connection with the case but it is not clear if he is to be charged with murder.

 

 

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