Parents plead for clues about Kurtis West's roadside death
ROXANNE West bravely held herself together yesterday as she spoke about her son Kurtis and pleaded for information about his death.
But the sobs she let out as she left the Rockhampton press conference betrayed her pain.
Roxanne spoke of a young man who was idolized by his friends, and kept a circle of "true friends" close.
The emotion in her voice was heart-breakingly clear as she spoke about the impact on his siblings Jake, Sara and Amanda.
Kurtis's body was found by a motorist on the Jambin-Dakenba Rd, near Biloela, about 3.40am on Saturday.
"We always said he was so talented; he was always meant for other places," she said.
"He always tried to protect everybody.
"He never bad mouthed people; he didn't like negativity."
Her pride was evident as she spoke about how only weeks ago he was given $150 by a man who he chased down to return a dropped wallet.
"He got his tattoo that he wanted to get, even though mum said no," she said, laughing at the memory.
Kurtis's dad Kelvin West said his 18-year-old son was "too young to be taken".
"It's just so hard, so gut wrenching, every morning so far to wake up and start the day knowing he's not going to be there," he said.
"He was just so full of life, so energetic. He'd help anybody out.
"He never wanted to see anybody cry, but Jesus Christ we've shed some tears now."
Kelvin also described his son as a talented artist and someone who only had to be shown things once.
"He didn't like school much," Kelvin said. "He wanted to get out there and experience life.
"He'd try anything, and anything he did try he would excel in. "Everything had to be 110% with Kurtis."
Kurtis was able to build cattle yards and houses, but he spoke joining the army and starting football again.
Roxanne and Kelvin pleaded for anyone who was on the Jambin-Dakenba Rd between 1am and 4am to come forward.
"Any little bit of information will help so much," Kelvin said.