IT was an act that left a Duncraig student dead and three teenagers sentenced to more than a quarter of their lives in detention.
It robbed a mother and father of their only son and left local high school students to comprehend a situation most their age will never experience in a lifetime.
For the perpetrators, aged 16 to 17, their moment of thoughtless fury will see them enter adulthood as prisoners.
A six-and-a-half year sentence for manslaughter offered little peace to parents Vaughan and Shelley De Campe who spent 2014 coming to terms with the bashing death of their 16-year-old son Quinn in a Balga park last year.
‘Regardless of the sentence handed down today, it will never change the fact our son lost his life in a cowardly and brutal attack perpetrated by juveniles,’ the De Campes said in a statement read by Quinn’s uncle Leon Myers outside court on Thursday.
‘It is us and our family that will live with this life sentence. Nothing will ever take away the pain of losing Quinn, our only child.’
The parents had won in a legal sense ” their son’s attackers would be punished for their crimes ” but what was to celebrate? Quinn’s death was senseless ” an attempted robbery gone fatally out of control at the hands of three children.
A fourth boy, who led Quinn into danger, was not sentenced for manslaughter, but received three-and-a-half year’s detention for aggravated armed robbery.
Quinn was deceived into thinking he would be sold marijuana that afternoon on December 22. Instead, he was robbed and beaten in an attack Judge Denis Reynolds described as an ‘extremely serious case of group violence’.
He was kicked with such force it left an imprint on his head and his attacker with an injured foot.
Quinn’s friends are left to deal with the tragedy in their own teenage way.
The RIP Quinn De Campe Facebook page, with a 3600-strong following, is inundated with photos and memories shared.
A video of Australian hip hop act Bliss and Eso shows loved ones cheering as the MCs give a shoutout to Quinn at a packed Perth gig earlier this year.
It’s kids left to mourn and celebrate the life of a friend. To try and make sense of the incomprehensible.
And it’s two parents who can only hope an influential legacy may come of the horrible situation.
‘It is important to discourage and hopefully diminish the prospect of senseless crimes we see all too often,’ the De Campes’ statement read.
‘Stay safe and look after each other.’