IN A touching tribute about 300 members of the Kwinana community held a candlelight vigil for murdered teen Aaron Pajich, whose body was found in a shallow grave at an Orelia residence on Monday.
Music, songs and some laughter was shared in memory of Aaron’s short life, and how his kindness and love for people had been a source of joy for many.
A table with balloons, flowers and candles was set up along with a book for members of the public to leave their tributes for Aaron’s family to read.
By 5.55pm there was already a line of about 50 people waiting to sign the book.
Aboriginal Elder Kevin Cameron set up an Aboriginal flag surrounded by items of spiritual significance.
“My mother was Nyungar and my father was Yamaji,” he said.
“I have set this up for spiritual reasons; to cleanse and to unite the people.
“I’m very sad (about) what’s happened to the family. We as a community need to keep an eye on our neighbours.
“I had a son (who) was murdered some years ago now. He too was 18. I know what they are going through.”
Mayor Carol Adams said she was disturbed by the murder.
“He was just such a vulnerable and innocent teen,” she said.
“It’s appalling what happened. This is a really beautiful show of support by the community.”
The vigil was organised by a community member who affected by the crime.
Matt Ox Vince wrote on Facebook: “Kwinana… we’re a tight community, the best I’ve lived in. No doubts by now you have heard the sad news of one of our own passing in horrific circumstances”.
“I would like to hold a candlelit vigil… to let the family of Aaron Pajich know that they’re not alone and that Kwinana is standing with them,” he wrote.
This reporter felt an amazing feeling of warmth and love permeate throughout the crowd last night, something I am sure from what I have heard about Aaron would have put a huge smile on his face.