DEEPLY BELOVED: Codey Burnett's family and friends are trying to bring him home to Tara.
DEEPLY BELOVED: Codey Burnett's family and friends are trying to bring him home to Tara. Contributed

Family’s desperate bid to bring son’s body home to Tara

THE heartbroken family and friends of a young Tara man who took his own life over Easter are trying to bring his body home from Bundaberg.

The day the Easter long weekend began Codey Burnett had his two best mates visiting him from Tara; he’d recently been given a promotion at work and he was just 21 years old. Yet Good Friday morning he left his house and never came home.

Codey Burnett’s chief loves in life were computers, music, skate-boarding and his young son, who he had moved from Tara to Bundaberg to stay close to.

Yet on Good Friday morning, Codey had quietly slipped on his shoes and told his friends he was going to the shops and that he would go on his own.

“It was totally strange behaviour for Codey,” his dad Boz Burnett said.

“His mates had gone up there to spend the Easter weekend with him. It was just strange that he didn’t want them to come to the shops with him.”

After Codey failed to return after only 20 minutes, his friends were already worried enough to start looking for him.

That was the last time Codey’s best mates saw him again.

Police and Codey’s friends searched Bundaberg for four days but it wasn’t until the Tuesday following the Easter weekend that they found him, and with it, their worst fear. Codey had taken his own life.

As Codey’s distraught family and friends try to come to terms with the hole his death has left, they’re burdened with the added financial stress of trying to find the funds to bring their son, brother and mate home to Tara.

“He made me smile,” his dad said.

“He taught his six-year-old brother how to use the computer, and now with Codey gone, Connor’s having to teach me.

“He loved his music. Everything from Bob Dylan to dub step, he loved anything he could appreciate that was done well.”

Codey’s mum Alison shared similar sentiments about her son’s vast music tastes, saying he loved everything from “Queen to Eminem”.

Mrs Burnett said she tries to take comfort from the knowledge that her son is “not hurting any more”, adding, before her voice broke: “I’m just hoping if anyone else out there is hurting, they can ring someone and talk to someone and not do what Codey did.”

If you would like to help the Burnett family bring Codey home to Tara, visit his Go Fund Me page.

If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to, confidential help is available any time on these numbers.

Lifeline: 13 11 14

www.lifeline.org.au

Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467

Beyondblue: 1300 22 4636



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