Memorial unveiled for murdered teen Jayde Kendall
A special memorial for Jayde Kendall was unveiled at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre today.
Jayde's grandfather Dennis Morrissey said the memorial was not only created in honour of the teenager, but to ensure an important message was spread in the community.
"This memorial is a reminder to the community of the tragedy that occurred on the 14th of August, 2015, and is an area where the Lockyer Valley community and others can come and reflect on the young life lost to our community and resolve to ensure that we can do everything possible to stop the circle of violence, bullying and discrimination that too often occurs in our society," he said.
As part of the unveiling, Mr Morrissey announced the Jayde Kendall Day of Awareness Walk which will be an annual event taking place on August 14.
"I encourage the Lockyer Valley community and anyone else who wishes to walk to show solidarity to the message we are trying to get out to the community and communities across Australia," he said.
"I also call on communities around Australia to have your own Jayde Kendall Day of Awareness Walk on the 14th of August to reinforce the message against violence, discrimination, bullying and awareness in your own communities."
Jayde's father, Bruce, hoped the community would use the site to connect.
"This is for Jayde and it's for the community and its for everybody to take pride in and to come here and hopefully connect with each other," he said.
"Hopefully, out of this tragedy, something positive can come of it."
Wyatt Cook-Revell, Katelyn Huggins and Kerri Beasley unveiled the memorial on the day.
The Jayde Kendall Day of Awareness Walk will have people assemble at the rear gates to the Lockyer District High School, just behind the sports ground, at a time to be announced on August 14.
The walk will then proceed down to the memorial at the Lockyer Valley Cultural Centre.