Thousands attend rally for one-punch victim

  • 12/01/2016
Cole Miller (Supplied)
Cole Miller (Supplied)

By Melissa Grant

A large public rally for one-punch victim Cole Miller has remembered a "beautiful, kind" young man and called for an end to senseless acts of violence.

Exactly a week after the 18-year-old died in hospital from massive brain trauma, more than 2000 people gathered in Brisbane's King George Square to honour a young man who was "about to shine".

The two men accused of Cole's death, New Zealand-born Daniel Maxwell and Armstrong Renata, both 21, remain in custody, having been charged with unlawful striking causing death.

The offence carries a maximum of life in prison.

Undeterred by the searing heat, the crowd paid their respects to the promising water polo player and joined in the call to end senseless acts of street violence.

League legend Wally Lewis led the rally, describing Cole's death as "not fair" and "not right".

"There's certainly no place whatsoever in this city or anywhere else for senseless act[s] of violence in our community," he told the crowd.

Many dressed in green, the same colour worn by Cole's water polo team the Barracudas.

Billy Miller, an Australian Water Polo player, spoke about his "beautiful, kind" brother whose life was tragically taken before he could live out his sporting dreams.

"It was about to be Cole's time to shine," Billy said.

"Cole was about to live out his dreams."

Billy said too many families had lost loved ones in similar circumstances.

"Sadly our family is not alone in losing a loved one in tragic circumstances," he said.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said everyone in society was responsible for their actions, adding she could not imagine what the Millers were going through.

After the rally, many hugged the Millers including Lewis who knows the family through his daughter Jamie-Lee – also a water polo player.

Cole's funeral will be held tomorrow morning at the Cathedral of St Stephen in Brisbane's CBD.

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