Friends of Cole Miller grieve his death at a vigil in Chinatown Mall. Photo: Jorge Branco
Friends of Cole Miller grieve his death at a vigil in Chinatown Mall. Photo: Jorge Branco

Cole Miller's friends in emotional vigil after fatal blow

THE first people to try to save former Sunshine Coast teen Cole Miller's life have paid tribute to him metres from where he was knocked to the ground with a fatal blow.

They were joined by a small but emotional group of the slain teenager's closest friends, who shed tears as they huddled together at the site of an impromptu memorial in Chinatown Mall.

Some of them had been partying with him in Fortitude Valley on Sunday morning before he was struck in an alleged one-punch attack just before 4am.

Paying tribute to fallen teenager Cole Miller were chaplains who had been by his side after the alleged attack, including Chris Owens. Photo: Jorge Branco
Paying tribute to fallen teenager Cole Miller were chaplains who had been by his side after the alleged attack, including Chris Owens. Photo: Jorge Branco

Chaplains Chris Owens and Sarah Bennett were by Mr Miller's side within 30 seconds of the strike that eventually claimed his life on Monday morning.

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Mr Owens said there was far less street violence than when he first became a NightWatch chaplain eight years ago but it was upsetting to see it still happening.

"For people who still think it's OK to not have gotten the message, this is more than one life ruined," he said.

"This is a life lost of this young man and then also the other two men… it's their lives lost.''

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