New Zealand media is reporting that 65-year-old Josh Liava'a is a former New Zealand police detective and who represented that country in the Rugby World Cup in 1975.
TVNZ One News recently reported stories about Liava'a's link to an immigration scheme involving Tongan families hoping to secure New Zealand citizenship.
Decades ago, Liava'a was also linked to two Tongan princesses--one of whom he secretly married, but whose marriage was later annulled.
"The marriage was annulled because marriage between commoners and royalty was forbidden. he joined the police force in 1980's when details emerged about another affair with another Tongan princess. Liava'a also became involved in Tongan politics and became the driving force behind the Tongan Movement for Democracy," said TVNZ One News' Helen Castles.
Meanwhile 18-year-old Samuela Mataele has been charged with second degree murder, terroristic threatening and a firearms violation.
Bail is set at $250,000 and Mataele is expected to make his first appearance in court Wednesday.
Those close to the family say the suspect was known to have struggled with mental illness.
They tell KITV Mataele's father was a caretaker of the property where the shooting took place and that Liava'a was staying on the premises.
New Zealand media is reporting that Liava'a's relatives plan to bring his remains back to that country for burial.