Three young men with so much life ahead of them.
Three families, forevermore incomplete, plunged into an almost incomprehensible mourning.
The deaths of Sydney teenagers Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie were separated from that of Cole Miller's by more than 900 kilometres and three and a half years.
But they were tragically, hauntingly similar.
Each popular 18-year-old walked unwittingly into the path of their killers, or alleged killers in the case of Cole, while on a night out with friends in inner-city entertainment precincts.
Each suffered a ferocious, single blow to the head that knocked him to the footpath with head injuries so severe he would lapse into a state of unconsciousness he would never wake from.
Each was rushed to a nearby hospital, where, in the coming hours and days, devastated family gathered around his bed, where they were forced to make the agonising decision to switch off his life support and watch him slip away.
Each young man's life ended, just as it was beginning, by simply being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
SEVEN people have been charged with fatal coward punches under the state’s tough new laws, with four of them facing a mandatory jail term of eight years if convicted, because they were allegedly drunk.
They include a son who police claim hit his father in the head after an afternoon’s drinking, and a man who allegedly knocked his partner unconscious in their bedroom.
Both victims died.
In another case, a male nurse died after he was allegedly struck once in the face outside a 21st birthday party as he tried to intervene in an argument between his alleged killer and the man’s girlfriend.
The controversial laws were introduced two years ago to curb alcohol-fuelled violence after the fatal one-punch attacks on teenagers Thomas Kelly and Daniel Christie in Kings Cross.
On behalf of everyone at the Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation, we’d like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Cole Miller, following his passing.
Thomas, like Cole, was 18 years old when his life was tragically cut short from a violent and unprovoked attack. Everyone has the right to enjoy our beautiful cities and their night out without fear or intimidation,
The father of a teenage water polo player killed in an allegedly unprovoked, one-punch attack in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley has remembered his son as a "brave young man".