Stuart Kelly, brother of one-punch victim Thomas Kelly, farewelled by mourners in funeral

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was among the hundreds who paid their respects to the family of Stuart Kelly at a funeral service on Thursday, who are mourning a second tragedy since his older brother Thomas was killed in a one punch attack in 2012.

Stuart Kelly's emotional friends carried his coffin out of the chapel at The King's School. Photo: 7 News
Stuart Kelly's emotional friends carried his coffin out of the chapel at The King's School. Photo: 7 News
The chapel was the same place Stuart's older brother Thomas was farewelled four years ago. Photo: 7 News
The chapel was the same place Stuart's older brother Thomas was farewelled four years ago. Photo: 7 News

The 19-year-old fought to change the NSW night culture after his big brother was delivered a fatal blow at Kings Cross, in 2012. He and his family also established a foundation to campaign for tougher rules on alcohol-fuelled violence.

Stuart took his own life last Monday after years of torment and bullying from trolls as he campaigned to introduce the controversial lock-out laws across the state.


NSW Premier Mike Baird and NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Cath Burn also attended the service at The King's School chapel in western Sydney - the same place his brother was farewelled four years ago.

Hundreds attended the funeral, where Stuart's coffin was decorated with white flowers. Photo: 7News
Hundreds attended the funeral, where Stuart's coffin was decorated with white flowers. Photo: 7News
Stuart Kelly took his own life last week after years of bullying as he advocated for better lock-out laws in NSW. Source: 7News
Stuart Kelly took his own life last week after years of bullying as he advocated for better lock-out laws in NSW. Source: 7News

Stuart’s mother Kathy, father Ralph and sister Madeleine spoke emotionally of their pain of losing their “happy and loveable boy”, the Daily Telegraph reported.

“There are no words possible,” Kathy said.

“And the pain will never go away.”

Stuart's sister Madeleine Kelly wept as she farewelled her youngest brother, while her mother asked for the community's support. Source: AAP
Stuart's sister Madeleine Kelly wept as she farewelled her youngest brother, while her mother asked for the community's support. Source: AAP
Ralph and Kathy Kelly pictured after the death of their eldest son, Thomas. Photo: AAP
Ralph and Kathy Kelly pictured after the death of their eldest son, Thomas. Photo: AAP

Madeline wept as he said “it is not goodbye, just see you later”.

Stuart's mother told the crowd of former school friends and teachers, family and friends, that her family needed their support to "help get them out of bed in the morning".

Thomas' attacker Kieran Loveridge is currently serving a 10 year sentence for manslaughter over the fatal blow.

The statement released by The King's School, informing the students of Stuart's death. Photo: Supplied
The statement released by The King's School, informing the students of Stuart's death. Photo: Supplied

Six of Stuart's closest friends carried his casket, and he was given a guard of honour by King’s Old Boys as he was driven away.

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