Grieving fam­ily can for­give

YOUNG DEATH ‘ WAS LIKE A BOMB GO­ING OFF’

Avon Valley Gazette - - NEWS -

READ IT ON­LINE FIRST THE fam­ily of Corey De Bie, whose body was found in Aveley last week, have spo­ken out and said the dis­cov­ery of his death was like “a bomb go­ing off” in their lives.

The for­mer El­len­brook Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dent was found dead at 9.30am last Thurs­day in an Aveley park af­ter he al­legedly took the syn­thetic drug N- bomb.

An 18- year- old man from Aveley has been charged with sup­ply­ing Corey with the drug.

Corey’s un­cle Shan­non De Bie said Corey had worked hard to make some­thing of him­self and had re­cently been ac­cepted into the Royal Aus­tralian Navy.

“Corey had been drink­ing and wasn’t in a state to be mak­ing de­ci­sions,” he said.

“He had worked hard to move away from bad in­flu­ences in his life and he was about to go into the navy. He had worked so hard and was by no means a druggy.”

He said he could not be­lieve the 19year- old was gone.

“The first thing that crosses your mind is that it couldn’t be pos­si­ble, but then you re­alise it is and your world falls apart,” he said.

“Our fam­ily is a wreck. The worst part is he was so young and had so much ahead of him. A mother shouldn’t have to bury her son.”

Mr De Bie said Corey’s death was an- other re­minder of the preva­lence of deadly drugs that were avail­able in Perth.

“There are deadly syn­thetic drugs flood­ing the streets of Perth and no­body un­der­stands the dam­age they can do and the con­se­quences,” he said.

“Even if you don’t lose your life, you could be faced with psy­cho­log­i­cal dam­age.”

Mr De Bie said the man charged with al­legedly sell­ing Corey the drugs was suf­fer­ing too.

He said they couldn’t bring Corey back, but hope­fully with ed­u­ca­tion and change, some­one else’s life could be spared.

“We want to reach out to this kid and his fam­ily and tell them we have no bit­ter­ness to­wards him and we for­give him,” he said.

“Ini­tially we wanted jus­tice, but we know there is more to this young man’s story and we think it’s more im­por­tant that this man turn his life around.

“We want our fam­i­lies to meet face to face and come to­gether to cre­ate change and hope­fully stop an­other fam­ily from go­ing through this.”

The cause of Corey’s death is yet to be de­ter­mined.

Po­lice are ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to call Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Pic­ture: David Baylis www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d465273

The scene where the body was found in Aveley.

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