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'Light candle for hero Cian' - family of teen who fell to death in Oz


Irish teenager Cian English

Irish teenager Cian English

Irish teenager Cian English

The family of a young Irishman who fell to his death while trying to escape from three armed men in Australia have asked for candles to be lit for him.

Cian English (19), originally from Carlow town but who was living with his family in Brisbane, suffered fatal injuries when he fell from a balcony at the View Pacific resort in Surfers Paradise at around 3.15am last Saturday.

Three men have been charged with his murder, along with two charges of armed robbery and two counts of deprivation of liberty.

Jason Ryan Knowles (22), Hayden Paul Kratzmann (20) and Lachlan Paul Soper-Lagas (18) have been remanded in custody but were not required to appear in court.

Their cases have been adjourned until August 4.

In a statement issued on behalf of the teenager's family by Brisbane police, they said they were deeply appreciative of all the support they had received.

"Join us in lighting a candle on Thursday night in loving memory of our hero Cian and feel free to share your messages of support and love," they said.

"Our family are deeply touched by the outpouring of support and we deeply appreciate all the many kind messages from friends and family around the world.

"Our sincere thanks also go to the Queensland Police Service for their tireless efforts and everyone who has respected our family's wish for privacy at this time.

"With current restrictions in place, many people have not been able to travel to pay their respects to Cian, so we invite people to light a candle this Thursday night in memory of our hero, so we can all be stronger together."


The family have asked those who light a candle to share their tribute online using the hashtags #candleforcian and #bestrongertogether.

Cian's parents, Vinnie and Siobhan, who are both from Carlow town, and his older brother Dylan (26) are being comforted by family and friends.

They left Ireland 15 years ago, first to travel to the Caribbean, where Mr English worked for Digicel, and then to settle in Brisbane in 2011.

A post-mortem has been carried out on Cian's body.

Once his remains are released by the police, a funeral for the teenager, who has been described as a "gentle soul", will be organised.

The charged men charged, who allegedly used drugs together, are believed to have invited Cian and a friend to an apartment in the same accommodation block they were staying in.

The party turned violent, and the three allegedly threatened Cian and his male friend at knifepoint, demanding their mobile phones, clothing and footwear.

Police have said a girl who tagged along with the men is believed to have filmed the alleged assault.

Detectives are investigating if the alleged murder is linked to break-ins at Gold Coast chemists' premises.