A woman who died after being severely injured at a home in Christchurch was the “faithful” mother of four Heather Foote.
Emergency services were called to the property in Port Hills Rd, Heathcote Valley, after Foote’s teenage son raised the alarm late Tuesday morning.
He was taken to hospital, later died.
Police confirmed his death on Thursday morning.
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The investigation continues into how Foote, in his 50s, was injured.
An autopsy and forensic examination of the property he owns is scheduled for Thursday.
His family declined to comment.
Foote formerly owned the Christchurch-based fireworks display company Fireworks Professionals Ltd. Worked as a customer contact manager for
Magenta Wilde, one of the company’s executives, said Thursday morning that his death was a “true shock” to the staff.
“She was a really dedicated mom – she always brought her kids to work.
“We’re all pretty upset. We have a real family atmosphere in this workplace.”
Wilde said Foote has worked for Fireworks Professionals for “years” and is “an important member of our team.”
But the company was affected by Covid and “unfortunately we didn’t have enough business to keep it here”.
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On Wednesday, a woman said Thing He drove past Foote’s house on Tuesday morning and heard “a lot of screaming and shouting and shouting” coming from inside.
“It sounded like two people messing with each other, but because it was behind closed doors, I couldn’t hear what was being said.
“But it sounded aggressive… and I thought, ‘Well, that’s not good, obviously something is going on there,’ but I ignored it and I shouldn’t have ignored it.”
A St John spokesperson said emergency services were alerted of the incident at 11.20am.
The woman then saw two ambulances and a fire truck pass by her house.
It wasn’t until Wednesday morning when the woman read an article. Thing about the woman critically injuring her “bringing two and two together”.
“I wish I’d knocked on the door and asked if everything was okay.”
The woman said she was in contact with the police and plans to testify.
Another neighbor said earlier Thing They saw an ambulance, a fire department and about six police officers at the house on Tuesday afternoon, but did not know what had happened.
* CORRECTION: Heather Foote was the mother of four, not three as previously reported. (Amended on July 29, 2021, 14.30.)