A foundation has been set up in honour of Gold Coast teenager Jack Beasley, who was stabbed to death in Surfers Paradise last month.
The 17-year-old was out with friends on December 13, when he was approached by another group of boys outside the IGA Supermarket on Surfers Paradise Boulevard.
The Parkwood teen was allegedly stabbed in the chest and rushed to the Gold Coast University Hospital, where he died shortly after arrival.
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Five people have since been charged with his murder.
Taking to Facebook overnight, the teenager’s family said they made the decision to start the group in a bid to make changes to current youth laws and youth safety.
“We are pleased to announce the formation of the Jack Beasley Foundation which has been set up in the loving memory of Jack who was sadly taken in a senseless act of violence in December 2019,” the family wrote in a post on Facebook.
“In honour of his memory, the family and a close group of friends have decided they want no other parent to experience the pain and grief they currently are living through and want to dedicate their efforts towards making necessary changes to the current youth laws, youth safety and more importantly putting together an education platform to teach the country’s youth’s about the dangers, repercussions and the snowball effect a single act of violence like this to one person has on the lives of so many.
“Please jump on, like and share our Facebook pages and Instagram (website to launch soon) and stay tuned as we ensure Jacks legacy will make positive changes in youths lives moving forward and the community as a whole.”
The mother of Gold Coast teenager Harrison Geppert, who was stabbed to death in a Varsity Lakes dog park last September, praised the family for setting up the foundation.
“As a mother whose 17 year old sons life was violently taken at Frascott Park 20 weeks ago today, I understand everything that you are going through,” Ms Geppert wrote.
“I applaud you for for setting up such a worthy foundation. This just has to stop so no more parents endure the senseless murders of our children.”