Four kids have been orphaned after their high school sweetheart parents died in a horror nighttime car crash.
The devastating late-night smash saw Kara Te Rupe, 27, and Hamiora ‘Tama’ Te Kira, 28, plunge down a steep ravine at 11.50pm.
The couple, who had been together for 11 years since meeting at school, were killed when their car tumbled down the bank on Saturday night.
The horror has devastated the community in Palmerston, New Zealand.
Police told local media the car “rolled over a few times”.
Officers are still trying to piece together what caused the car to come off the road.
The couple’s children were aged between three and nine-years-old.
Kara’s aunt Marion Te Rupe told reporters the children were “struggling” after the traumatising loss of both their mum and dad.
Marion told Stuff : “They have a lot of support. Her and Tama did everything with their kids.”
She said her niece was “an absolutely devoted mother”.
The car was also carrying two female friends of the couple, aged 18 and 19.
They survived the horror after being airlifted to hospital.
Police Sergeant Tony Woodbridge told the New Zealand Herald : “They are obviously very shocked and struggling to deal with the death of two of their friends.”
A crowdfunding page has been set up to help the family look after the orphaned children and pay for the funeral.
The Givealittle page states: “On the 29th of August shortly before midnight a single car crash took the lives of our dear cousins Kararaina Te Rupe & her partner Tama Te Kira who were passengers in a vehicle.”
The family is reported to have been beset by tragedy already this year.
It is reported that Kara’s uncle Joeroa was killed at the age of 47 in October last year when he was shot in the leg.
This took place in the nearby town of Foxton, on New Zealand’s North Island.
It is reported that his sister Jocelyn died just two days later, before his body had been returned to them.