The Playford family roadside tribute to their son Brayden Playford.
The Playford family roadside tribute to their son Brayden Playford. Claudia Baxter

Brayden's memorial is restored

FAMILY and friends of a teenage crash victim have put another cross at his crash site in the hope this one isn’t stolen.

Brayden Playford’s family was devastated when they discovered the hand-made cross dedicated to their youngest son, their favourite photo of him and mementos had been taken just days before Christmas.

Despite the theft, they have made another cross, similar to the first, and put it back at the crash site.

One of Brayden’s closest mates, Johnny Halliday, spent several hours over a few days making a cross that was almost the same as the one made by Brayden’s father Terry, who “poured his heart and soul into making it”.

“We were devastated that someone would actually take the cross away from where his family put it in the first place,” Mr Halliday said.

“They didn’t just take the cross but they took the photo of Brayden and the flowers we had put there too. It was a low act.”

Mr Halliday, who was shattered by Brayden’s death, said he was like a brother.

“Brayden and I were really good mates and having a cross where he died is important to his family and all his friends because it gave us somewhere to grieve,” he said.

“Hopefully this one stays there.”

Brayden, 18, had just left his family home at Karrabin on August 27 last year when the motorcycle he was riding and a turning truck collided on the Brisbane Valley Highway at Wanora.

Within days of the tragedy, a tribute for a “wonderful life cut short” was set up at the roadside.

Brayden’s sister-in-law Amanda said the tribute gave family and friends a place to grieve in the days following his fatal crash.

“It’s not just a cross. It’s the place where Brayden was taken from us,” Mrs Playford said.

“We are all so grateful, and proud of Johnny for making another cross for Brayden.

“It means so much to us that his cross and photo are back where they should be.

“Johnny tried really hard to make sure the cross was exactly the same as the original one that Brayden’s dad, Terry, made and he did a fantastic job.

“Hopefully the people who stole the original cross and photo will have some decency and leave these ones alone.”



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