Anti-Violence campaigner Stuart Kelly farewelled at Sydney funeral

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(9News Australia )    Mourners farewell Stuart Kelly, brother of Kings Cross one-punch victim Thomas Kelly.   Hundreds of people have gathered at The King’s School in Sydney for the funeral of Stuart Kelly, the brother of one-punch victim Thomas Kelly.

Stuart, 18, took his own life in Mona Vale last month, four years after the death of his brother Thomas, who was killed during an unprovoked attack in Kings Cross in 2012.

Stuart was active in speaking out against alcohol-fuelled violence following his brother’s death, and gave an emotional speech at a gala dinner last year, detailing the moment his family was told life support for Thomas would be switched off.

Stuart Kelly regularly spoke out against alcohol-fuelled violence. (AAP)

Stuart Kelly regularly spoke out against alcohol-fuelled violence. (AAP)

Stuart died last month. (9NEWS)

Stuart died last month. (9NEWS)

His funeral was held at the chapel of the teenager’s former school, where he graduated last year.

It was attended by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, NSW Premier Mike Baird and NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Catherine Burn.

Stuart’s mother, father and sister spoke of their immense grief.

“The pain will never go away,” his mother Kathy said.

“Keep our beautiful boys in your hearts… go home, and hug your children.”

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife, Lucy. (9NEWS)

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and wife, Lucy were in attendance. (9NEWS)

Stuart and Thomas Kelly. (Supplied)

Stuart and Thomas Kelly. (Supplied)

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His sister, Madeleine, urged her two brothers to “please wait for me” and “take care of each other”.

The King’s School headmaster Dr Timothy Hawkes paid tribute to Stuart’s “courage”.

“People breathe easier because of Stuart’s stance against alcohol-fuelled violence,” Dr Hawkes said.

 

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