Well-wishers greet Cole Miller’s father Steve at the a memorial for the teenager in Brisbane’s King George Square. Photo: Drew CreightonHe was the “little one” of the family, the youngest child and brother who was “absolutely loved and adored”.
A week after Cole Miller’s family made the heartbreaking decision to switch off the 18-year-old’s life support, his brother Billy has told thousands of people who gathered in Brisbane’s King George Square to remember himthathis life was cruelly snatched just as hewas beginning to shine.
“My little brother Cole was quiet, humble butvery driven,” said Billy, supported by his and Cole’s father Steve.
“Beingthe youngest of four children, Cole did a lot of running around withMumin support of his olderbrothersand sister, however, with senior (school) justcompletedand a (Queensland Academy of Sport) scholarship on offer, it was about to be Cole’s time to shine.
“Colewasabout to live outhisdream with hisfamilyand friendsby his side.”
The up-and-coming Brisbane water polo player died of massive head injuries in the Royal Brisbane and Womens’ Hospital last Monday, a day after he was allegedly felled by a single punch in Fortitude Valley’s Chinatown mall.
The teenager and a friend were walking to catch a taxi when, in an alleged unprovoked attack, Cole was set upon by 21-year-olds Armstrong Renata and Daniel Maxwell.
The pair isin custodyhaving been charged with unlawful striking causing death.
At Monday’s rally, an at-times tearful Billy told the crowd of the special place his youngest sibling had in his family.
“Cole was the little one inthe family, everyone absolutely loved and adoredhim, we allhadauniquebut special bond with Cole,” he said.
“Cole brought joy to all our lives.”
“Whether Cole knew it or not, he has made a special impact on allour lives, including his school friends,his water polo friends, and now you, the wider community.”