In unspeakably tragic news, Stuart Kelly – the younger brother of coward-punch victim Thomas Kelly – has died at a home in Sydney’s Mona Vale.
The circumstances surrounding the 19-year-old’s untimely passing are still unknown, but the headmaster of his former school, Parramatta’s King’s School, confirmed the news in a statement to students, and sent his best wishes to his parents Kathy and Ralph and sister Madeleine.
“It is with great sadness that I inform you of the death of an Old Boy of the School, Stuart Kelly (’15). This is the second great tragedy to affect the Kelly family,” wrote Dr Tim Hawkes. “The exact circumstances surrounding his death are not known, however, it is enough to know that we have lost a member of our community and therefore our thoughts and prayers go out to Kathy and Ralph Kelly and their daughter Madeleine.”
A message was also posted to the school’s Facebook page:
Stuart was 14 when older brother Thomas was fatally punched in the face by Kieran Loveridge in an unprovoked attack in Kings Cross in July 2012; in the years since, he has taken on the role of youth ambassador for the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation with the aim of encouraging a more responsible drinking culture amongst young people.
At a gala dinner for the foundation last year, Stuart spoke about the impact of losing his “best friend” and brother.
“I carry a deep scar that you cannot see. It’s always there, it never leaves. It sits below the surface of your skin and surfaces when you least expect it,” he said.
Our thoughts are with the Kelly family.
Source: The Daily Telegraph.
Photo: The Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation.