THE FAMILY of Corey De Bie, whose body was found in Aveley last week, have said his death was like “a bomb going off” in their lives.
The former Ellenbrook Secondary College student was found dead about 9.30am last Thursday in an Aveley park after he allegedly took the synthetic drug N-bomb.
The cause of Corey’s death is yet to be determined.
An 18-year-old man from Aveley has been charged with allegedly supplying the drug.
Corey’s uncle Shannon De Bie said Corey had worked hard to make something of himself and had recently been accepted into the Royal Australian Navy.
“Corey had been drinking and wasn’t in a state to be making decisions,” he said.
“He had worked hard to move away from bad influences in his life and he was about to go into the Navy. He had worked so hard and was by no means a druggy.”
He said he could not believe the 19-year-old was gone.
“The first thing that crosses your mind is that it couldn’t be possible, but then you realise it is and your world falls apart,” he said.
“Our family is a wreck. The worst part is he was so young and had so much ahead of him.
“A mother shouldn’t have to bury her son.”
Mr De Bie said Corey’s death was another reminder of the prevalence of deadly drugs available on the streets of Perth.
“There are deadly synthetic drugs flooding the streets of Perth and nobody understands the damage they can do and the consequences,” he said.
“Even if you don’t lose your life, you could be faced with psychological damage.”
Mr De Bie said the man charged with allegedly selling Corey the drugs was suffering too.
He said they could not bring Corey back, but hopefully with education and change someone else’s life could be spared.
“We want to reach out to this kid and his family and tell them we have no bitterness towards him and we forgive him,” he said.
“Initially we wanted justice, but we know there is more to this young man’s story and we think it’s more important that this man turn his life around.
“We want our families to meet face-to-face and come together to create change and hopefully stop another family from going through this.”
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.