Trip ends in tragedy for young cou­ple

Weekend Herald - - News - Meghan Lawrence

A trip to Hob­biton ended in tragedy for a young cou­ple af­ter their car col­lided with a truck.

Damien Cur­rie, 17, for­merly known as Zoe, and Skyler Wright, 21, for­merly known as Bren­don, died in hos­pi­tal af­ter they were crit­i­cally in­jured in the crash on State High­way 27 at Wa­haroa on Au­gust 31.

Cur­rie died on Septem­ber 5, and Wright died on Septem­ber 7. Both were from Auckland and both died in Waikato Hos­pi­tal.

Wright’s god-sis­ter, Anas­ta­sia Court­ney, said those con­nected with the cou­ple were com­pletely heart­bro­ken. How­ever, she had found a sil­ver lin­ing in the amount of love peo­ple were show­ing to­wards them.

“From the be­gin­ning I was quite bleak about it but then when I saw all the peo­ple go­ing to visit Skyler and the mes­sages, I was re­ally happy,” she said. “From what I have seen in the past few days, Skyler could be friends with any­body.

“Peo­ple would some­times be un­kind to her but she was al­ways nice back. She had in­fi­nite for­give­ness and no thought for grudges. I think Skyler put as much love as she could into the world and hoped some of it would come back — and from what I have seen it did even­tu­ally.”

Court­ney is based in the UK but said she lived with Wright her en­tire child­hood. The pair at­tended Vic­to­ria Av­enue School be­fore Wright went on to Re­muera Pri­mary School and Auckland Gram­mar.

“Skyler was prob­a­bly the most loyal per­son I knew. What Skyler did very well for the peo­ple she loved was be re­ally loyal and she would have done any­thing for them. I was lucky enough to be one of those peo­ple,” Court­ney said.

Born as a male, Wright tran­si­tioned to be­ing iden­ti­fied as a fe­male two years ago and formed a re­la­tion­ship with Cur­rie. “She had not started a visual or phys­i­cal tran­si­tion, but I don’t think she cared. That is one thing about Skyler, she didn’t re­ally care what other peo­ple thought,” Court­ney said.

While Court­ney had not met Cur­rie, she said she was happy the cou­ple had found each other amidst life’s strug­gles.

“They both strug­gled a lot through their lives, so to know they have each other makes me happy,” she said. “They will both be missed greatly.” Cur­rie was farewelled at a fu­neral in Kaeo, North­land, on Sun­day, while Wright’s fu­neral will be held on Tues­day.

A po­lice spokesper­son said no charges will be laid over the crash.

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