Normally my blog is a happy place but last Saturday night, a young man named Thomas Kelly was murdered.
He was just 18 years old.
On Saturday night he was invited to a colleague’s birthday party in a function room in Sydney’s Kings Cross. Later that evening he was innocently walking down Victoria Street in Kings Cross holding his girlfriend’s hand while talking on his mobile phone when someone, for absolutely no reason, king hit him in the face. He hit the ground hard. He was rushed to the nearby St Vincent’s Hospital by ambulance. His parents, living in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, received one of those phone calls every parent dreads. They endured the 90 minute drive from Bowral to Sydney to find their son unconscious and on life-support. On Monday night they had to make the harrowing decision of turning off their son’s life support as the damage was so extensive, nothing could be done to save their boy.
Thomas Kelly was educated at the same school as my Archie. Thomas was in the year below Archie so they weren’t good mates but, with both boys being boarders, they knew each other well and kept in touch through facebook. Tom only finished school at the end of last year. He had his whole life in front of him and to think that some low-life degenerate could steal that from him in a senseless and unprovoked attack is stomach-turning.
Archie frequents Kings Cross and it always bothers me. This Saturday night he has a gig at The Piano Room and very close to this venue is where Thomas Kelly was murdered. Like Tom’s parents, my husband and I are always saying to Archie, ‘Be careful’ because Kings Cross doesn’t have a good reputation.
As can be seen from the video below, Thomas Kelly was a wonderful son, brother and mate whose parents seem like the most decent of all the world’s citizens.
My sincerest condolences to Tom’s parents, Ralph and Kathy and to Tom’s sister, Madeleine and his brother, Stuart.