The family of a Brisbane teenager who died while trying to escape a violent robbery at a holiday unit on the Gold Coast are asking people to light a candle for their “hero” tonight.
Cian English, 19, fell to his death from the balcony of a View Avenue apartment in Surfers Paradise around 3.00am on Saturday.
Police will allege that he was attempting to escape a violent robbery where three men were attempting to steal clothes and mobile phones.
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His alleged attackers, Jason Ryan Knowles, 22, Hayden Paul Kratzmann, 20, and Lachlan Paul Soper-Lagas, 18, have all been charged with murder and armed robbery.
The trio appeared in court earlier this week, where they were remanded in custody to reappear in Southport Magistrates Court on August 4.
The teenager’s heartbroken family have since released a statement, thanking everyone for their support during this difficult time.
“Our family is deeply touched by the outpouring of support and the many kind messages from friends and family around the world,” the statement says.
“Our sincere thanks also go to the Queensland Police Service for their tireless efforts and everyone who has respected our family’s wish for privacy at this difficult time.”
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Thank you for all the lovely messages of support coming in from across the globe 💚 Please remember to join us tonight in lighting your #candleforcian in memory of a brave and wonderful young man 🕯 Tag #candleforcian #bestrongertogether and let’s share the love far and wide 💚 . . . . Repost: @therese_lw – Thank you for the kind words.
The family has encouraged everyone to light a candle tonight in honour of their son and share the photos using the hashtag #candleforcian.
“With current restrictions in place many people have not been able to travel to pay their respects to Cian, so we invite people to light a candle this Thursday night in memory of our hero Cian, so we can all be stronger together,” the family said.
“We would welcome messages and photos to be posted to the dedicated Instagram (@candleforcian) and Facebook (CandleforCian) accounts using the hashtags #candleforcian #bestrongertogether.”