In the Line of Fire

A shell casing sits on a chest of drawers in Aron Timm’s bedroom, next to his sports trophies, his
Calvin Klein deodorant and the box that con-tains his ashes. But it isn’t from the bullet that killed him.

On the day before his 19th birthday in March 2008, Aron was hunting in the Tarawera Ranges with his girlfriend’s father when the older man heard a noise in the bush. Aiming at what he thought was a deer, he shot the teenager through the heart and lungs as he leant against a cabbage tree just a few metres off the track.