Hundreds gather to farewell Thomas
KINGS Cross bashing victim Thomas Kelly has been remembered as a determined, kind-hearted teenager whose three great loves were his friends, family and playing the guitar.
On Friday, hundreds of mourners packed the Kings School in Parramatta where the 18-year-old Bowral boy completed Year 12 last year.
Thomas's father Ralph delivered a moving eulogy, describing his son as "courageous in both his life and death".
He said he was continuously impressed by his son's grit and determination to succeed and was grateful Thomas had spent his last night doing what he loved - celebrating with his mates.
He also described the struggle his family was having in coming to terms with Thomas's death, ending his tribute by saying "Each night we turn on his bedside lamp and say a prayer...You have done enough for us, go in peace".
Thomas allegedly was king hit as he crossed Victoria St in Kings Cross on Saturday, July.
His parents made the unimaginable decision to have his life support turned off the following Monday.
On Wednesday night, 18-year-old Kieran Loveridge was arrested and charged Thomas's murder.
He will front court again next week.