Stab­bing vic­tim ‘a friend to all’

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - SAM BIDEY

THE sis­ter of a man slain in a stab­bing that shook a north Queens­land com­mu­nity has promised to care for his three young sons and griev­ing widow, Jaye.

Corey Chris­tensen’s fu­neral ser­vice was held yes­ter­day at the Ayr Surf Life­sav­ing Club at Alva Beach, di­rectly across the road from his fam­ily home and around the cor­ner from where he died.

Mr Chris­tensen’s sis­ter Re­naee Lisowiec fought tears as she ad­dressed hun­dreds of fam­ily mem­bers and friends who had gath­ered to pay their re­spects to the Bris­bane Bron­cos fan.

The ser­vice was a cel­e­bra­tion of life, with both tears and laugh­ter for the 37-yearold who was fa­tally stabbed, along with 27-year-old Tom Davey, in the early hours of Oc­to­ber 1.

“You were a hard­work­ing, kind, car­ing, re­spect­ful and gen­er­ous per­son to all around you,” Ms Lisowiec said. “When I think of you I think of all the good times. There re­ally never was a bad.

“You were a friend to ev­ery­one … most of all you were a per­son who was loved by ev­ery­one.

“I will miss you, I will miss your in­fec­tious smile, I will miss your in­fec­tious jokes and I will miss know­ing you will be here when I come to visit. You will never be for­got­ten Corey – Alva will cer­tainly never be the same.”

Brett Mi­cola said Mr Chris­tensen was a fun-lov­ing char­ac­ter with a pas­sion for fam­ily, fish­ing and footy.

“If you met (Corey) for the first time you would in­stantly like him. He had a gen­tle na­ture and never was one for con­fronta­tion,” he said. “I’m sure with­out a doubt his great­est achieve­ments were his three sons – with­out Jaye this was not pos­si­ble, they were a great team.”

Mr Chris­tensen’s pas­sion for the Bris­bane Bron­cos was such that peo­ple were en­cour­aged to wear Bron­cos cloth­ing to the fu­neral and his cof­fin which was draped in a Bron­cos flag.

“Around this death h there may never be e an­swers to all our ques­tions,” Angli­can min­is­ter Dway Goon n Chew said.

Dean Web­ber, 19, was ini­tially ar­rested in n re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent t but was re­leased with- out charge. Po­lice have e said they believe the teen teenager acted in self-de­fence.

FOOTY LO LOVER: Corey Chris­tensen’s s sons and wife Jaye (in black) at his fu­neral ser­vice yes­ter­day. Pic­ture: Zak Sim­monds

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