Heartbroken family, school pay tribute to teen
A MAREEBA family has been "shattered" by the loss of their son in an alleged hit and run at Dimbulah on Sunday.
Harley Amos, 18, died on Burke Development Road early on Sunday morning.
He was found by police about 100m east of the Minsini Road intersection.
The Amos family - reeling from the tragedy - has described their heartbreak.
"Everyone is completely heartbroken and shattered by this tragic loss," a family spokesman said.
"Words cannot describe the hurt the family is feeling.
"He was a good young kid in the prime of his life.
"We ask everyone to respect the family's privacy during this difficult time."
Harley, a student at Mareeba State High School, was only weeks away from finishing year 12 and graduating.
"It is just a tragic situation with a young person who was so close to finishing school," principal Scott Whybird said.
It is understood that Harley, a keen fisherman, hunter, and outdoorsman, had recently turned 18.
Mr Whybird said grief counsellors would be available for students.
"We are all devastated at the school - it is a loss for everyone, of somebody so young," he said.
He said staff were notified on Sunday after news of the tragedy spread on social media.
"He only had five weeks to go at school before he went out into the world and now he won't have a chance to live it," Mr Whybird said.
Tributes and messages of condolences have been posted on several social media pages.
"I cannot believe this has happened to such a beautiful young man, only the good die young ...your bubbly personality at school will be something I forever remember, you will forever be missed," one message said.
A man has been charged in relation to the alleged hit and run.