Topic: local news
Picture: from left Brendan Keilar murdered yesterday in a Melbourne street, school mates including, Kevin Carney (tbc), Mark Macnamara (law/economics), Peter Walsh (real estate), this writer (media/politics) at right.
We're having a bit of a bawl this morning seeing the picture of Brendan Keilar in the news today. "43 year old solicitor" we heard and now we know. The news driven 'bleeds it leads' Daily Telegraph sister paper to the Herald Sun in Melbourne carries the image.
Brendan now cruelly murdered is pictured above at left as a bright eyed young lad in his last year of junior school.We last saw him in the late 80ies for inter varsity Aussie Rules competition in the ANU, he from Melbourne Uni if memory serves, in an awesome team streets ahead of the others. He got a uni blue we recall playing rover. I missed out on selection to the all Australian team and he was kind about that patting me on the back commiserating. Funny how you remember such things.
God bless you Brendan in an absurd and oh too real version of the children's buddy movie:Stand by Me (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , Stand by Me (1986) : A boy goes on an adventure, grows up to become a lawyer, intervenes in a social conflict and is stabbed to death in the queue of a restuarant. An awesome film based on a Stephen King novel.
Brendan after a fitness run intervened in an evil social conflict and is shot dead yesterday at point blank range in Melbourne. Not fair. Not right. Random madness and wickedness.
We shared a good 6 or more years of school in the same cohort in hokey, quiet, sport obsessed Warrnambool, south west Victoria.
He sat at the front of the class, with that piercing laugh and sharp wit. Me in the back lacking confidence hiding a lamp. He was ambitious and talented. He didn't follow most of us to then daggy, losing Old Collegians footy club in the old home town, he went on to another at that time winning local club called Russel's Creek if memory serves. He always performed above his weight with a big torpedo when he got onto it.
[OC turned around, this writer was captain, becoming U/18 Premiers and Champions.]
[His friends correctly note he was very gutsy in the press today. How true.]
We saw him at Lewis Atkinson's 18th birthday if memory serves and let's say he was having a wow of a time, as a young man at university in the prime of his young life. I was slogging it out for a year of work. Lew had gone on to Deakin and is now with a Melbourne University group.
We were not so close to Brendan as school kids but his death is very shocking, and there will be many Warrnambool folks past and present hurting over this at former Christian Brothers College now Emmanuel College Warrnambool (link may be down). God bless BK for the heroic attitude before the shooter pulled the trigger.
Yesterday we mulled over a startling incident in around 1999 when we confronted 2 guys manhandling a woman in Goulbourn St opposite Chinatown here in Sydney, walking to a meeting with Chloe then of FoE Melbourne group. We held a bunch of keys between fingers and promised to blind the attacker if he wanted to take it further, and shouted for security. The street froze for that moment. The victim jumped in a taxi quick smart and was off. A drug deal gone wrong. A pimp? Who knows. No knife and no gun thankfully. It didn't even occur to me.
Chloe said I should have used non violence techniques.
Would I do it today? Truth be told I would probably be a coward knowing what I do about hand guns swamping the criminal underworld, and the influence of gun culture from the USA.
Brendan proved how good he really was in that second and that fateful decision to save a 24 year old woman in dire trouble. For that I am filled with admiration and awe. All lawyer jokes have just gone totally stale for this writer today. Maybe I'm shedding tears for him and selfishly for myself? Death is like that, scrambling one's sense of truth and nonsense.
BK, somehow I think I missed the best of you.
Condolences to his parents, family and friends.
Big media here echo our sporting experience of Brendan Keilar, shooting victim
We gave a few words similar to the above on Brendan's death on Warrnambool 3YB radio just now, and commiserated with some of the school staff who know his mother.
The link in the story above to Emmanuel College which was previously known as Christian Brothers College now merged with St Ann's, is correct but doesn't seem to be active at the moment.
I'm told a link to another related website will be up in the next few days if not today: http://www.emmanuelalumni.com/ (it's up now)
Picture: Front page Sydney press 20th June 2007.
Well Brendan, you've got me shedding tears again today. The picture of you with your 3 kids. Of course you are gone and it's a good 20 years distance but your spirit and the media coverage is still amongst us and how. We thought you were brash as a kid but in fact you were simply reaching high for the best you could be. And it worked right to the end.
There is alot of real Christian love in this situation from growing up good in that school to making your way, marrying well, growing your own crop of 3 fine children, proud as a man can ever be. Your greatest achievement. Just getting better your whole life.
What makes a child grow up so well and another so wrong? Noel Pearson who was a lawyer in Melbourne once is on tv on 7.30 last night wrestling with this same terrifying conundrum. "Where does the evil come from?" to quote the modern remake of Thin Red Line opening soliliquy about death laden WW2. The parents of Brendan and now of Chris Hudson are all grieving. Both know their child is lost forever. One on a path of Love, the other down a path of Hate.
Hudson's father calls for his killer son to give himself up to police, prison and decades of misery to avoid an early death. It's hard not to wish for revenge. I can feel it welling up in me wishing the police to shoot him dead or for him to kill himself. My sense of this situation is he will kill again if he can too.
It's the urge for revenge that keeps the cycle of violence turning. What's actually needed is the utmost professional detachment and clinical excellence in legal process. If he can be caught and rehabilitated, drug free etc after a long long stretch then so be it -not for him, but for society's best future. If he must rot in a cell forever till his youth fades to dust then so be it also.
My guess this younger cruel Hudson is already in a gaol of his own crazed psychology. A hell that floats around him everywhere he goes with inescapable bars. Where it actually comes from I can't conceive. Or only guess at - a confused post traumatic psychosis from his own two gun shot wounds to chin and back in a riot last year? A drug induced insanity? A massive inferiority/misogyny complex?
He presents like a broken washing machine spinning and lurching making a God awful racket, crashing around the laundry of life breaking anything in it's path. And inevitably itself.
The second shot into Brendan on the ground says it all really. The killer has become a gyre spitting fatal venom at society, the hate so deep Jesus would have trouble rooting it out. Mere mortals have to deal with it as safely as possible.
Postscript #3 Thursday 21st June 2007
We wrote postscript #2 above before seeing the front page of the Sydney press pictured above now too. But for those based in Melbourne it's perhaps good to know how this foul murder is viewed up here. It was great to see somewhere yesterday a witness confirming he didn't die alone or in pain. It is important. The prominent press coverage we can see has played its role flushing this Hudson criminal out.
BK quite likely has lived a blue ribbon Liberal Party kind of life, commercial lawyer and all. Even so there is no doubting the wide social feeling about this horrific murder. As we said onto tape for 3YB from up here Brendan was a big personality making the shock of his death greater, that we are all going to this same place one day. The Premier of Victoria obviously gets it and has promised $250K for his kids and the legal fraternity will kick in for sure down there. We expressed a similar concern off the tape to the reporter with the local radio station to generate exactly this kind of public support. He will likely have life insurance as lawyers with kids do.
Other victims of crime may wonder why the special treatment but it's not about that really. It's a combination of factors making this such a public importance - against violence to women, the good samaritan aspect, the bizarre cruelty, the life well led, the everyman tastes of Brendan's life, the weaknesses in our public security system, the grim culture of organised crime. Here BK is still providing for his loved ones even after death.
His wife will wake up today more cold and alone than ever in her life before but at least she will have that financial anxiety lifted from her shoulders. His 8 year old son too no doubt will have that sorrow loss and chill in his soul at the brutality in this world.
The killer has surrendered and legal satisfaction is only just beginning and not just for this sad excuse of a man Hudson. We trust the police have everything they need now to do their job ethically and professionally too. There is a long way to go in this matter yet.
A few weeks ago on a quiet Saturday I was googling my school class especially the gifted kids in my class. Two reasons - mid life nostalgia, and being tea total a full year, your memories come racing back in vivid colour as the brain cells revive. Who has a presence on the net? Certainly this news blogger. David McLean (?), Paul Whiting (yes a senior MD in Canberra), Peter Walsh (yes), Brendan 'Kielor' (no?) - that's right I couldn't remember the spelling. Now his name is everywhere and we are so sorry for that.
Well played Brendan, blind sided on a Monday morning by one extremely dirty 19th on ground who had no business even being there. As brave, quick and smart as you have been your whole life. Brash as bright stars can be (inviting envy if not jealousy) you win dux in our school year yet again. You win best and fairest. You made your parents and your school proud. And if your family cannot forgive you for leaving perhaps in time they too will be glad for the time they had after the searing pain subsides.
Fame has found you sadly. What a brilliantly successful life you lived and for that we are glad despite this horrendous result. You surely felt your own very real achievements in a serious life of great endeavour.
Goodbye Brendan, my intellectual peer and superior from high school CBC Warrnambool. A country town boy with strong values who made good in the big bad city. I will never forget your great hearty laugh from the front of the room, full of vigour and a lust for life, with deep respect.
Postscript #4 22nd June 2007
It's my birthday. I keep coming back to this string 4 mornings in a row. This is why. Those beautiful children beaming out year 6, 1975. They reflect the beauty of the children Brendan brought into this world and raised till his outrageous death. What power those innocents, front and centre of the major Fairfax press here and many other places in Australia?
Exactly this: You died a successful lawyer, and an admired one by the profession left "numb". The federal govt and many opposition are filled with lawyers that shuddered at your disgusting fate.
Your family can believe the anger and frustration will be huge. We posed the question here "Where does the evil come from?" Page 3 the Daily Telegraph today asks today "PM leads the way against evil".
Not about the Keilar family's desperate searing loss especially those kids caught from that fall by State Govt public intervention. Bravo Victorian ALP Govt. No the PM is moving to catch the beautiful Aboriginal children falling in the cracks too.
See what I'm saying? The public awareness of duty to children is high. The challenge is great on Black kids and the reports are in again.
And to top it off the ALP federal Opposition have performed very strongly on the federal govt's territory of the economics of productivity. Democracy really engaged, a real adversarial contest as here Wayne Swan: Howard, Costello in state of denial | Opinion | A devastating moral victory for the Opposition in the conservative The Australian.
So the federal govt in this election year contest have moved in turn in reaction to poach the traditional territory of the traditional ALP being social welfare and support for Black Australia.
It may not be the most admirable political motivation but the bipartisan general support to save children from a cycle of violence like we have seen with the killer of Brendan above, must happen, for them but our own society's sake. These damaged kids are the prison population of 5 and 10 years from now. It's a simple as that.
But what makes it all possible is the huge communication reach in the Big Media around Brendan's white kids and the terrifying conundrum "Where does the evil come from?". The answer of course being it's all around us like bacteria and viruses that only becomes dangerous in unhealthy environments turning virulent. It's the healthy social and general environment we have work so hard at to nurture Australia's children. The kind of incredible endeavour demonstrated in Brendan Keilar's life.
You just keep giving don't you Brendan. A life of great endeavour the effect of which is still travelling, and how.
We've seen this transmutation of political capital from one semi related concern to another before in Big Politics - the angst and disgust at the hanging of a reformed Van Ngyuen in Singapore, resulting in huge public awareness and this Federal Govt reaction with hundreds of millions in aid for other victims of circumstance in Asia - the Pakistan Earthquake in that case, and other initiatives. To prove to our people our Govt have does have a heart.
Postscript #5, 24th June 2007
This might help when words are so useless, its like hard liquor without the hangover via YouTube: