Former Gloriavale man killed in motorbike crash

Jeremy and Zoe Max with two of their three children.
Jeremy and Zoe Max with two of their three children. Photo credit: Givealittle

The 21-year-old man killed in a motorcycle crash in south Canterbury was a former Gloriavale member.

Jeremy Max, formerly Jeremy Love, was killed when the farm bike he was on crashed on Macaulay Rd at around 5pm on Sunday, near the Milford farm where he lived and worked. 

He leaves behind his wife Zoe and three young children. 

Jeremy's death has been referred to the corner. Police are yet to officially release his name.  

A Givealittle page set up to help Zoe and the couple's children said Jeremy was an "out-going, active, fun-loving young man". 

"He enjoyed hunting, rugby and hanging with his mates. He loved his children dearly and had just taught their 4 year old son how to ride his bike on 2 wheels."

The family are devastated by the loss, the page reads. 

The couple grew up in Gloriavale and married when Jeremy was 17, Zoe, 18. They left the religious-sect in 2016 with their young son wanting to start a new life together in south Canterbury.

Any proceeds raised on the page will help Zoe as she has no financial means due to most of the couple's family still living in Gloriavale. 

And due to the religious-sect's rules once you leave you are excommunicated meaning they have no contact with anyone inside Gloriavale. 

A fundraising page has also been set up by Liz Gregory who has supported a number of former Gloriavale members. 

Ms Gregory told Stuff she would "love people to support Zoe during this difficult time to relieve any financial burden. All funds are being collected on behalf of Zoe". 

As of 8pm on Monday night the page has raised close to $10,000.