Mum heartbroken after thieves trash memorial to dead son
THERE are tributes to Paula Matthews' son Brandon all over her Gladstone home.
A little plush teddy with 'miss you' on its chest is propped next to the gold urn that holds Brandon's ashes.
"He was my bear," she said.
Paula takes Brandon everywhere she goes: he's tattooed on her right arm.
Brandon died in North Ipswich on January 8 this year. He was 18.
Two men have been charged with his murder. The court case is under way.
That's more than any family should have to deal with. But about 6pm last Saturday, the memorial where he died was defaced.
A close friend had crafted a steel cross, which was bolted to a power pole where Brandon died.
It read 'RIP BJ BEAR BRANDON 09-09-93 - 08-01-12'.
It has disappeared. And all the flowers surrounding it were ripped off and thrown on the ground.
Paula is devastated.
"It's gut wrenching. I don't understand how somebody can be so heartless.
"It's where he took his last breath...we put it up there out of respect for him."
This mum has a simple request: return her boy's cross.
Its disappearance has really knocked her.
"It's like they've taken a part of me again," she said.
"I just can't seem to pick myself up again."