Family shattered by theft
A HEARTBROKEN family is making an emotional plea for the return of a hand-made cross dedicated to their beloved teenage son who was killed in a crash.
The cross marking the loss of Brayden Liam Playford was erected on the side of the Brisbane Valley Highway at Wanora just hours after his death in August.
Brayden's family said his father Terry “poured his heart and soul” into making the cross to mourn the death of his youngest son, and now the cross, a photo of Brayden and mementos erected at the site are gone.
Brayden's sister-in-law Amanda Playford fought back tears as she spoke of the day her family drove to the memorial site to put up Christmas decorations only to discover it was gone.
“It was heartbreaking. We couldn't believe it was gone. It's nowhere to be seen,” Mrs Playford said.
“It's not just a cross. It's the place where Brayden was taken from us and Terry poured his heart and soul into making it.”
Brayden, 18, had just left his family home at Karrabin on August 27 riding to work when his motorcycle and a turning truck collided on the Brisbane Valley Highway.
His death shocked his close-knit family and his many friends who created the memorial as a tribute to a “wonderful life cut short”.
“We are just really shocked and obviously upset that someone has taken Brayden's cross and his photo,” his sister-in-law said.
“The reason we put it there in the first place was because it gave us a place to grieve when we couldn't see Brayden.
“A lot of his friends have rung us to find out where it is and we wish we could give them answers.
“We have rung the police and council and they haven't removed it. All we want is his cross back.”
Mrs Playford said the family was “distraught” by its removal and just wanted the cross and the photo of “Brayden's smiling face” back.
“We didn't mean to upset anyone by putting the cross there, if that's what we've done. We just want it back,” she said.
“Everything Terry was feeling was put into that cross. He is really upset, and like all of us, just wants it back.
“Getting it back is the main thing, not particularly to put it back there, but we just want it back, it's sentimental.
“We have to live with him not being here every day. We miss him terribly and we just want to be able to grieve.”
If you know where Brayden's cross is call 3817 1734 or email email@example.com.