Memorial walk honours one-punch victim Lindsay Ede
A SEA of black shirts could be seen walking through the streets from Redbank Plains to Goodna as hundreds marched to remember Lindsay Ede, the victim of what's believed to have been a vicious and unprovoked one-punch attack.
More than 200 devastated family members, friends and residents of the Ipswich community donned black shirts in memory of Mr Ede as they took part in Lindsay's Last Walk on Saturday.
The memorial walk saw participants retrace the final steps Mr Ede took before he was struck in the head in a random assault on June 22.
The 55-year-old was left fighting for his life in hospital. He died several weeks later on July 15 having never regained consciousness.
Lindsay's Last Walk was organised by his brother Terry Bishop, who wanted to spread the "one punch can kill" message.
"It's a shame that my brother had to be the face of the 'one punch can kill' message," Mr Bishop said.
"But that is why we wanted to do this walk, to get the message out there.
"If we can save one life from this, then we have done something positive."
Emotions were running high as Mr Bishop completed the walk his brother never got to finish.
"I planned the walk with my wife, which took my mind off the grieving," he said.
"Now the walk is over, I can grieve.
"There were no words to describe just how I was feeling on that day."
The walk was also a way to raise money for Mr Ede's beloved partner Gloria, who he cared for full time.
Fundraising efforts included a gold coin donation at a sausage sizzle, with all money going towards her medical bills.
Lindsay's Last Walk is an event which Mr Bishop plans to undertake every year in memory of his brother.
"I will certainly be doing this every year. It may not be as big as it was over the weekend, but we will still walk," he said.
"I was just blown away with the number of people who came down to support my brother.
"Kerrie Kistemister from One Punch Campaign Australia was also there.
"She came up from Victoria to attend.
"Saturday was the first time I actually got to meet her, so I was nearly in tears because she came a long way to support my brother."
Mr Ede's alleged attacker Ariik Mayot has been charged with unlawful striking causing death and will reappear in court on November 25.
He is the first person in Queensland to be charged under the new law, which was brought in to highlight the danger of coward or one-punch attacks.