Loving father and respected NSW Police Accountant Curtis Cheng – victim of Parramatta Shooting

 his heartbroken family described him as kind, gentle and loving” man who “always put his family first”

curtisMourning the death of police accountant Curtis Cheng, his heartbroken family described him as kind, gentle and loving” man who “always put his family first”. Curtis, a well respected NSW Police civilian employee was leaving work on Friday and was shot, point blank by 15 year old teen Farhad Khalil Mohammad. The shootout continued and eventuated with the death of the teen, being shot by a police officer.

The police are currently investigating how this shooting occurred and how the 15 year old Farhad got his hands on the gun and what triggered this chain of behaviour. Friends and family painted the teen as quiet and often looking upset, but no violent tendencies were identified.

In any case, what has happened is sad on all fronts – one family has lost a loving father and husband and another will need to live the rest of their lives knowing their son has committed a crime and has paid the ultimate price for it.

Some commentators in the media and those in the public arena have attributed this as “terrorism”. Is this assertion made too quickly, considering the investigation is still continuing? If Farhad was not muslim, would he just be considered as “mixed up” and had “serious mental health issues”.

In any case, what has happened is sad on all fronts – one family has lost a loving father and husband and another will need to live the rest of their lives knowing their son has committed a crime and has paid the ultimate price for it. Both families have now lost the opportunity to embrace and share memories with their lost loved ones.

As the Asian Australian Alliance, we send our condolences to the Cheng family. Curtis was just leaving work for a Friday, and that has changed the lives of his wife and children forever.

At this time, as an Australian community we need to not be divided, but we must search within ourselves and send our condolences to both families which are victims of a senseless crime. It is heartening to see Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and NSW Premier Mike Baird convening a meeting with Muslim leaders this week to discuss various issues pertaining to this crime.

As the Asian Australian Alliance, we send our condolences to the Cheng family. Curtis was just leaving work for a Friday, and that has changed the lives of his wife and children forever.

The NSW Police Association and NSW Police Legacy have set up an appeal to help the family of slain police accountant Curtis Cheng. Anyone wanting to donate to the appeal can do so via: NSW Police Legacy Appeal BSB: 815 000 Account: 276953

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *