Wednesday 2 November 2022 07:34 PM Cassius Turvey: Thousands of Australians attend vigils for teenager in Perth, ... trends now

Wednesday 2 November 2022 07:34 PM Cassius Turvey: Thousands of Australians attend vigils for teenager in Perth, ... trends now
Wednesday 2 November 2022 07:34 PM Cassius Turvey: Thousands of Australians attend vigils for teenager in Perth, ... trends now

Wednesday 2 November 2022 07:34 PM Cassius Turvey: Thousands of Australians attend vigils for teenager in Perth, ... trends now

Thousands have taken to the streets to mourn Indigenous teenager Cassius Turvey who died after he was allegedly beaten with a metal pole as he walked home from school. 

Attendees held posters, candles and Aboriginal flags in honour of the 15-year-old Noongar Yamatji boy, who was allegedly bashed just minutes after he got off a school bus in Middle Swan on October 13. 

The teenager suffered severe head injuries in the brutal attack and died in hospital surrounded by his loved ones. 

Jack Steven James Brearley, 21, has been charged with the teen's alleged murder and is due to face court on November 9. He is yet to enter a plea. 

Thousands have taken to the streets to remember 15-year-old Cassius Turvey who died on October 13 after he was allegedly bashed with a metal pole as he walked home from school in Middle Swan in Perth

Thousands have taken to the streets to remember 15-year-old Cassius Turvey who died on October 13 after he was allegedly bashed with a metal pole as he walked home from school in Middle Swan in Perth

Senator Lidia Thorpe spoke during a vigil held for Cassius Turvey at the Aboriginal Advancement League on Wednesday

Senator Lidia Thorpe spoke during a vigil held for Cassius Turvey at the Aboriginal Advancement League on Wednesday

Sydney's Town Hall was packed with thousands of people who came to be united in their grief at the death of Cassius Turvey

Sydney's Town Hall was packed with thousands of people who came to be united in their grief at the death of Cassius Turvey

Channel 10 star Narelda Jacobs addressed the hundreds of people who attended the vigil at Sydney's Town Hall

Channel 10 star Narelda Jacobs addressed the hundreds of people who attended the vigil at Sydney's Town Hall

Attendees held candles, posters, photos of Cassius and Aboriginal flags as they mourned the Perth teenager on Wednesday

Attendees held candles, posters, photos of Cassius and Aboriginal flags as they mourned the Perth teenager on Wednesday

One young woman held a poster reading 'No Pride in Genocide' at a candlelit vigil for Cassius in Brisbane

One young woman held a poster reading 'No Pride in Genocide' at a candlelit vigil for Cassius in Brisbane

Ernie Dingo, an actor, author and TV presenter addressed the crowds at the vigil in Sydney held outside Town Hall

Ernie Dingo, an actor, author and TV presenter addressed the crowds at the vigil in Sydney held outside Town Hall

Cassius' death has sparked a mass outpouring of grief with thousands in every capital city in Australia demanding justice for his death at emotionally-charged vigils on Wednesday. 

A statement from Mechelle Turvey, the late teenager's mother, was read at vigils across the country with the heartbroken mother thanking those gathered for their love and support during a difficult time. 

'I don't want any more violence. I'm the only person who can get justice for my son,' Ms Turvey said via speakers. 

'I need to call out for calm. I am angry, Cassius' friends and family are angry, but I don't want any form of violence at any of these rallies in the name of my child.

'Violence breeds more violence.'

Samuel May, cousin of Cassius Turvey, speaks to media during a vigil held at the Aboriginal Advancement League

Samuel May, cousin of Cassius Turvey, speaks to media during a vigil held at the Aboriginal Advancement League

The 15-year-old was allegedly murdered in the suburb of Middle Swan on October 13 and died of his injuries 10 days later

The 15-year-old was allegedly murdered in the suburb of Middle Swan on October 13 and died of his injuries 10 days later

Attendees at a vigil in Perth held signs that read 'Remembering Cassius' as they took to the streets on Wednesday

Attendees at a vigil in Perth held signs that read 'Remembering Cassius' as they took to the streets on Wednesday

A woman in Brisbane held a photo of Cassius, who was left with severe head injuries after he was allegedly assaulted on October 13

A woman in Brisbane held a photo of Cassius, who was left with severe head injuries after he was allegedly assaulted on October 13

Students in their school uniform gathered in George Square in Brisbane with a sign that read: 'Same Story, Different Face'

Students in their school uniform gathered in George Square in Brisbane with a sign that read: 'Same Story, Different Face'

'How many children do we have to send to the grave?' Wiradjuri elder Jenny Munro said at the Sydney vigil, the crowd heavy with candles and grief.

'We've lost so many children in a battle they aren't even prepared for.'

'That boy represented our hopes, our dreams, our future and they took it from us,' Gumbaynggirr Dunghutti Bundjalung woman Elizabeth Jarrett told the vigil in Sydney.

'He represents every single son, every brother, right across this vast continent. And we won't ever forget it.'

Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe attended a smoking ceremony at the Aboriginal Advancement League in Melbourne

Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe attended a smoking ceremony at the Aboriginal Advancement League in Melbourne

Eucalyptus leaves were burnt during smoking ceremonies around the country as two boys circled this fire pit in Melbourne

Eucalyptus leaves were burnt during smoking ceremonies around the country as two boys circled this fire pit in Melbourne 

Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe appeared emotional and she sat in the crowd at a Melbourne vigil and listened to speakers

Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe appeared emotional and she sat in the crowd at a Melbourne vigil and listened to speakers

Dozens took part in a traditional smoking ceremony during a vigil held for the Perth teenager described as a 'teddy bear'

Dozens took part in a traditional smoking ceremony during a vigil held for the Perth teenager described as a 'teddy bear'

Friends and family have described Cassius as a 'teddy bear' with an infectious smile who was 'larger than life'. 

Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe took part in a smoking ceremony at a vigil in Melbourne and appeared emotional as she sat in the crowd and listened to speakers.

She used her parliamentary privilege in the Senate last week to draw attention to his tragic death and the upsetting trend of alleged racial violence towards Indigenous Australians.

'No black child should fear walking home from school. No black mother should wonder if their child will return home,' she said.

'We all must fight for a country where First Nations children like Cassius can live out their birthright.'

Friends and family have described Cassius as a 'teddy bear' with an infectious smile who was 'larger than life'

Friends and family have described Cassius as a 'teddy bear' with an infectious smile who was 'larger than life'

Cassius was walking home from school and was still wearing his school uniform when he was allegedly attacked with a pipe

Cassius was walking home from school and was still wearing his school uniform when he was allegedly attacked with a pipe

The Perth teenager was allegedly assaulted just minutes after he got off a bus in Middle Swan on October 13

The Perth teenager was allegedly assaulted just minutes after he got off a bus in Middle Swan on October 13

Supporters of Cassius and his loved ones took to the streets in Australia's capital cities on Wednesday night

Supporters of Cassius and his loved ones took to the streets in Australia's capital cities on Wednesday night

One little boy held a bunch of blue balloons as he joined the march in tribute of Cassius Turvey in Perth on Wednesday

One little boy held a bunch of blue balloons as he joined the march in tribute of Cassius Turvey in Perth on Wednesday

Wiradjuri teenager Ethan Lyons also spoke at the Sydney memorial.

'We remind this nation that we are young and full of life, like Cassius,' the student, still in his school uniform, told the crowd.

'But we also remind them that young people are watching, we watch the white supremacy that runs deep in this country.'

Emotional scenes also ensued in Perth, Cassius's hometown, where Professor Fiona Stanley credited Ms Turvey for her 'wisdom, love and humanity'. 

'Could I have been as amazing as this woman who has just lost a child?' she told the crowds.

Teenagers held candles as they listened to speakers and took a moment to remember Cassius in Brisbane

Teenagers held candles as they listened to speakers and took a moment to remember Cassius in Brisbane

An older woman helped a little girl light her candle in support of Perth teenager Cassius Turvey during a vigil in Sydney

An older woman helped a little girl light her candle in support of Perth teenager Cassius Turvey during a vigil in Sydney

Supporters filled the outside of Town Hall on Wednesday afternoon to share their grief and shock at Cassius's tragic death

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