Sydney’s King’s School community is among those mourning the shock death of former student Stuart Kelly.
The 18-year-old took his own life this week just weeks after the fourth anniversary of the death of his brother Thomas, who was killed on his 18th birthday by a one-punch attack in Kings Cross.
Both boys attended The Kings School at North Parramatta; Stuart completed his HSC last year. After Thomas’s death, Stuart spoke out against alcohol-fuelled violence as part of the Kelly Foundation, established by his parents Ralph and Kathy.
It is understood Stuart was recently the target of abuse by those opposed to the controversial Sydney lockout laws, which were introduced after his brother’s death.
Former King’s School student Andrew McCorquodale, 19, told The Newsroom the school community was unaware of the abuse and of Stuart’s suffering.
“It’s a tragic loss for the Kelly family, and a shock to the school who were 100 per cent ready to defend their brother from those who would send hate his way. If only he had known that,” Mr McCorquodale said.
King’s School headmaster Dr Tim Hawkes said Stuart’s death was a reminder that “life is fragile, loved ones precious and each day a gift”.
“Our particular thoughts and prayers are with the Kelly family. To have lost two sons in such circumstances is beyond awful,” Dr Hawkes said on the school’s website.
“Although Stuart graduated from King’s last year, there are many at the school who are shocked and saddened.
“As a student, Stuart was greatly respected. He was a school prefect who possessed a quiet integrity that made him enormously effective as a leader.” – Dylan Walton
Photo of Stuart Kelly with parents Ralph and Kathy from The King’s School website.