12 Oct 2015

Family and friends to farewell Alex

6:18 pm on 12 October 2015

The funeral for Levin schoolboy Alex Fisher will be held tomorrow afternoon.

At the end of the vigil people lit candles in paper bags which were adorned with mesages of support in memory of Alex Fisher.

At the end of the vigil people lit candles in paper bags which were adorned with mesages of support in memory of Alex Fisher. Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp

The 10-year-old boy's body was found on Thursday in the dunes of Waitarere Beach, after a three day search which involved more than 100 police officers and search and rescue workers.

A post mortem has revealed he suffered head trauma and a homicide inquiry is underway.

Police said his funeral will be held at Levin's Salvation Army Centre at 1.30pm tomorrow, where family and friends will gather to say their goodbyes.

Alex Fisher

Alex Fisher Photo: Supplied

Hundreds of people turned out to a candlelit vigil in the small town of Waitarere for a vigil in memory of Alex last night.

Brenda Lineham - who spoke on behalf of the family - said "a limb has fallen from the family tree."

A crowd funding webpage set up to support Alex Fisher's family has raised more than $8300.

The Givealittle page set up on Thursday to help Alex's family has already had over 270 donations.

"Let's help Alex Fisher's family during this absolutely tragic time. Nothing can bring their boy back but we can try to ease their load. Please donate anything you're able to spare. All Funds will go to his immediate family to help them with any on-going financial costs that come with dealing with the loss of their child," the page bio said.

Yesterday, police investigating the death said they were pursuing several leads in their investigation, including a burglary which may be connected to his death.

Detective Senior Sergeant Neil Forlong

Detective Senior Sergeant Neil Forlong at today's press conference. Photo: Radio NZ / Michael Cropp

Nobody has been charged with the Levin Boy's death.

The police want any sightings of Alex, or his brother Eric, on Sunday or Monday either together or individually to be reported.