News

Balloons released in tribute to 14-year-old crash victim

Balloons were released in to the sky in a tribute to 14-year-old car crash victim Ophelia Silcox.
Balloons were released in to the sky in a tribute to 14-year-old car crash victim Ophelia Silcox.

MORE than 50 colourful balloons were released in to the sky at Queens Park in Maryborough at lunchtime on Saturday, as mourners gathered to say their goodbyes to car crash victim Ophelia Silcox.

Scores of teens gathered at the park's rotunda today to share their messages of loss and sadness surrounding the tragic death of the 14-year-old Gundiah girl who was killed when a ute, driven by her 15-year-old sister Curtsie, struck a tree on Wednesday.

Messages were written on each brightly coloured balloon before they were cast into the sky at exactly 12.24pm - the time at which Ophelia passed away.

Both of Ophelia's older sisters attended the balloon tribute, sending their love into the sky along with friends and family.

"Ophelia was everything, she was happy, courageous and rebellious," Elizabeth Silcox said.

"She would have loved something like this because it's so colourful.

"She wouldn't have wanted to see everyone so sad."

Elizabeth said she hoped people would think of Ophelia before they made any big decisions.

"This whole thing is a healing experience as much as it is a learning experience," she said.

"And I think everyone is going to think about things a lot more now."

Curtsie said her sister was one of the best people she knew and was always a really colourful and energetic character.

"If she was here she was probably tell everyone to cheer up," she said.

"She was always just so happy all the time."

The details of Ophelia's funeral have not yet been confirmed.

Topics:  ophelia silcox, queens park




Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Save M'boro jobs campaign 'energised' by Downer contract

Downer EDI is expected to take about $200 million of the contract with the remainder to go to Townsville.

'Up-beat' workers gathered at the Maryborough City Hall

WHAT'S ON: Weekend events on the Fraser Coast

Competitors lining up for the 5km walk in the Mothers Day Classic. Photo: Brendan Bufi / Fraser Coast Chronicle

There is loads to do this weekend, especially for Mother's Day.

Seven inspiring stories: Fraser Coast's most courageous

Coen Ashton.

Brave 8yo crawls through car wreckage to save sister

Latest deals and offers

Federal Police Defuse Dance Bomb

Australian Federal Police respond to "threat" in Canberra.

Australian Federal Police respond to "threat" in Canberra.

NSW Police join Dance Challenge

NSW Police show their moves at Manly Wharf.

Manly Wharf is the backdrop to NSW Police running-man dance entry.

Scotland Police accept Dance Challenge

NZ Police doing the running man dance.

Australian Federal Police say watch this space but NT Police feel ignored.

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances