TRIBUTES have poured in for Will Murdoch, the 12-year-old budding rodeo star who was laid to rest among the gum trees at his family home this week.
The junior Crushers dummy half was buried within the sounds of the rushing Midway Creek, where he grew up swimming with family and friends, in Longpocket, north Queensland.
Hinchinbrook has been left shattered by his passing and messages of support have been sent from around the world.
Will’s mother Kelly shared photos on a tribute page with the message: ‘Such a beautiful little man, love you forever my baby boy’.
Mourners flocked to his funeral at St Patrick’s Church in Ingham on Tuesday, led by Father Damien McGrath, who baptised Will and married his parents, Andy and Kelly.
After the ceremony, Will was given a horseback escort through Ingham by family and friends, with Andy leading his son’s saddled horse at the front.
An outpouring of unimaginable grief has consumed the Shire and heartbreaking condolences have been sent to the family of the Gilroy Santa Maria student, who was killed in a quadbike accident on his family property.
Will Peter Murdoch is the son of Andy and Kelly Murdoch (nee Sheahan), sister of Kenzie, and grandson of Peter and Jenny Sheahan, who live next door, and Peter and Sue Murdoch, who moved from New South Wales to Trebonne six months ago to be closer to the family.
Family including Will’s paternal uncles and aunties travelled from New South Wales to attend his funeral.
Masses have been said for Will and the family in Australia as well as in Ireland, Spain and Jersey in the Channel Islands.
Hundreds of messages of support have been shared in a private Facebook tribute page.
Leanne Demorest posted a photo of a candle-lit shrine and said: ‘Kel, my heart aches for you and your beautiful family. Please take comfort in knowing you have a village of amazing people around you to support you through this heartbreaking time. Sending love and prayers to you and all your family. P.S. Kaeden has been leaving a light on for Will’s memory.’
Cheryl Scott said: ‘A true little gentleman. Taken too soon. My thoughts are with the family. I am so glad you are taking him home. Keep strong. Praying for you all.’
Sonja Kaurila Simpson said: ‘Heart broken for you all. Such special memories. Love and prayers from Kauk and Wendy.’
Rhonda Balanzategui: ‘Thoughts are with you all. He was a true blue Aussie and loved life.’
Patricia Manassero: ‘No words. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.’
Kerry Cook: ‘My heart aches for you all. Keep him in your heart. You may not see him, but he’ll walk beside you all everyday.’
Janine Torrisi: ‘There’s not a minute in the day that we have not been thinking of you all. Our deepest condolences to you, Peter and Jenny, Kelly, Andy and Kenzi. Our love to you all. Sam and Janine.’
Sonja Kaurila Simpson: ‘Heart broken for you all. Such special memories. Love and prayers from Kauk and Wendy.’
Lance Kelly: ‘My heart has been aching and not knowing the words to say. I have known you Andy since we first started riding broncs and you are such a great guy. Your family I had never met but I can see that they are beautiful people . I just can’t imagine the pain you’re going through, but just know that we are thinking of you and praying that your hearts heal. Your wife Kelly and daughter Kenzie are your strength and you are theirs and all of your family and friends that love you will pull you through this my friend. Stay strong mate. Love from the Kellys.’
Emma Jean Page: ‘I have no words that can ease your pain, but know that I’ve been thinking of you guys the whole time I’ve been at work, remember that you have an amazing support network around you. Love and prayers to you all, especially today. Sorry I couldn’t make it home to say this personally.’
Skye McClymont: ‘Sending all our love and strength to you today, and to Will’s extended family and friends. A young gentleman, selfless, compassionate and mature beyond his years who we wish we had been able to meet. All our love, the McClymont family.’