From left, Brock Curtis-Mathew, Sam Patterson, Daniel Hotschilt and Jamie Hannah embrace in unity after placing white roses in the surf.
From left, Brock Curtis-Mathew, Sam Patterson, Daniel Hotschilt and Jamie Hannah embrace in unity after placing white roses in the surf.

Roses for a cherished mate

FRIENDS of shark attack victim Peter Edmonds gathered at Ballina's North Wall yesterday to pay tribute to their much loved mate.

The group gathered from about 7.15am, and the memorial culminated with four of Peter's mates Brock Curtis-Mathew, Daniel Hotschilt, Sam Patterson and Jamie Hannah each placing a white rose in the surf.

The group gathered exactly a week after last Tuesday's shark attack which claimed the life of the 16-year-old from Wollongbar.

Yesterday's memorial was attended by a cross-section of Peter's wide circle of friends from Alstonville High School.

Brock Curtis-Mathew, who was surfing with Peter at the time of the attack, was the last to place a white rose in the water.

Brock has been widely praised for his heroic act, and will be nominated for a bravery award.

There were some special touches to yesterday's memorial.

Peter had a fondness for meat pies, so his friends made sure there were some at North Wall yesterday.

They were placed near a cross which was specially made by Peter's Year 11 schoolmates for yesterday's service.

Peter's funeral service will be held today at the Baptist Church in Alstonville.


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