Can you imagine the horror felt by Maureen Christie, the mother of Daniel Christie when they received THAT phone call on New Year’s Eve.
Can you imagine the bone chilling coldness that must have surged through the veins of the parents of Michael McEwen early in January?
And the devastation caused to Thomas Kelly’s family when they turned off his life support?
Three young men.
Three senseless acts of violence.
Three families literally ripped apart by the actions of a drunken thugs.
I can’t imagine it. I hope to never have to. I hope that something gets done about it.
You can’t have missed the news about Daniel Christie – an eighteen-year old currently on life support after being ‘king-hit’ on New Years Eve in Sydney’s Kings Cross just a few days ago.
Reports today suggest the young man will suffer brain damage from the despicable act allegedly brought on by 25-year-old builder Shaun McNeil, who reportedly hit four other people that night.
And one of the most tragic parts of this story is that Daniel was just metres from the spot that Thomas Kelly died in 2012 when he was hit.
On that night, in July 2012, a heavily intoxicated and violent 19-year-old coward named Kieran Loveridge punched him to the head with a “king hit”.
Thomas went down, his head striking the pavement causing massive brain damage.
He died in hospital surrounded by his family.
And yet since that day, the same thing has happened time and time again.
We heard just weeks ago of Michael McEwen, a twenty-three year old from a loving Sydney family. He was left unconscious after being punched and stomped on in front of dozens of revelers in the early hours of the morning in Bondi.
As a mother of two young boys it is hard to read these stories without feeling terror at the thought of them growing up.