Vigils and rallies are being planned around the country for Cassius Turvey, the 15-year-old Noongar boy who was allegedly beaten to death by a white man.
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander readers are warned this story contains images of someone who has passed, as well as distressing content.
Cassius was walking home from school with friends on October 13, when a group of men in a vehicle allegedly approached. Cassius was alleged set upon and beaten; police are investigating whether a metal pole was used.
He was taken to hospital with head injuries, including a slashed ear, requiring seven stitches. When he was finally released from hospital, his mum, Noongar-Yamatji woman Mechelle Turvey, only had him home for eight hours before he suffered a seizure. Cassius returned to hospital, was placed in an induced coma, and underwent brain surgery to releave the swelling.
Sadly, he succumbed to his injuries on October 23 — ten days after the alleged attack. A 21-year-old man has been charged with murder.
"I'm feeling heartbroken," his mum, Noongar-Yamatji woman Mechelle Turvey, told NITV. The family had only recently buried Cassius' father, who died from cancer.
"He left me with this treasure [but] my treasure is gone."
Speaking to ABC Radio Perth, Michelle Turvey described her son as a "vibrant, caring, jokester with a beautiful smile", who ran a lawn mowing business in his spare time, charging his customers only what they could afford.
"He just loved all the young fellas around him. Loved getting out in the community to youth centres," she said.
WA Police Commissionr Col Blanc has drawn criticism for suggesting the attack may be a case of Cassius "being in the wrong place at the wrong time".
"He was coming home from school," Noongar traditional custodian Jim Morrison said. "How on earth could he be at the wrong place at the wrong time?"
Rallies And Vigils For Cassius Turvey
A number of rallies and vigils to support Cassius Turvey's family, and call for justice, are being planned across the country.
A community BBQ has been planned for October 29 at 11am, at Weip Park, Junction Parada Midland.
A candlelight vigil has been planned for October 31 at 5.30pm, at Midland Oval.
A national day of action is taking place on November 2nd at 12.30pm, at Forrest Place. A candlelight vigil is taking place on the same day at 7.30pm, Albany Town Hall.
A candlelight vigil, organised by FISTT and Justice for David Dungay Jr, has been planned for November 2 a 6pm, at Sydney Town Hall.
A candlelight vigil at 6pm at Portland Skate Park Shelter on November 2.
A candlelight vigil has been planned for November 2 at 6.30pm, at Victoria Square.
A candlelight vigil has been planned by the Warriors of the Aboriginal Resistance for November 2 at 6pm, at King George Square.
A Show Up and Stand Up! event has been planned for November 2 at 6.30pm, at Victoria Square.
We'll continue to update this piece if more events are announced.
Where to donate to Cassius Turvey's family
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money for Cassius' funeral, as well as legal costs for his family, as been set up.
In just four days, #justiceforcassius has raised more than $380,000.
"We are so overwhelmed with the response but so thankful and grateful to each and every one of you," an update to the petition read. "From the bottom of our hearts we thank you all!"