Eighteen-year-old Daniel Christie, who was ‘king-hit’ on New Year’s Eve in King’s Cross only metres away from the site of the fatal attack on Thomas Kelly, died this afternoon at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, where he had been in a coma since receiving the blow which fractured his skull eleven days ago.
According to Fairfax, the Christie family turned off his life support and have issued a heartbreaking statement, reading as follows:
“This is the saddest announcement we can possibly make – that Daniel is no longer with us. Today our beloved Daniel passed away in hospital surrounded by his family and friends.
While no words can describe how crushed we are, Daniel fought courageously over the past eleven days which allowed everyone to say their farewells. It has also given us all strength and tightened even further the bond our family share. Daniel was exceptional. He was a beacon of morality with a heart of gold. We are so proud of Daniel and will strive to live with the core values he possessed; respect, dignity, pride and integrity.
We do not want Daniel’s death to be in vain and are committed to rallying for change. A positive change needs to come from such a negative situation. We would like ‘coward punches’ to be a thing of the past. People have the right to go out without experiencing mindless violence.”
Martial arts fighter and builder Shaun McNeil, 25, is facing five assault charges from New Year’s Eve, including three counts of common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault occasioning grievous bodily harm for assaulting Daniel Christie, his brother Peter and three under-age boys all within a 90-second window. The ABC are reporting that police are expected to bring forth further charges when McNeil faces court on March 4th.