Paying tribute: Kae Wallace and Michael Campbell pay tribute last night to their dead friend Rhian Elsmore.
Paying tribute: Kae Wallace and Michael Campbell pay tribute last night to their dead friend Rhian Elsmore. Chris Ison

Friends pay tribute to Rhian

WHEN the light from a flickering candle shone onto Kae Wallace and Michael Campbell’s faces last night it showed their heartache.

It was on Yeppoon’s beachfront at the regular Full Moon Fire Twirling gathering that they chose to pay tribute to their slain friend Rhian Elsmore.

But through the tears were strains of laughter as a large groups spoke about the girl with a “free spirit”.

“She was amazing,” Kae said, as she looked towards a montage of pictures depicting Rhian.

“There has been so much gossip around, but she was just amazing.”

Kae had been friends with Rhian, 17, for more than six years after meeting at North Rockhampton High School.

She said the Fire Twirling gathering, held every full moon, was one of Rhian’s favourite events, so she thought it fitting to make last night’s meeting into a tribute.

Almost 200 people were at the beachfront to light a candle in her memory or simply remember her while enjoying the fire twirling entertainment.

Friend Michael Campbell travelled from Brisbane yesterday morning.

“I met her at high school in Rockhampton,” he said.

“I came especially for this and to be here with everyone. She (Rhian) was the type of girl that refused to let people be unhappy around her.”

Rhian was allegedly slain on April 8 by her boyfriend Levi Hayes in bushland north of Rockhampton.

He was charged with her murder this week after a police investigation into her disappearance.

One of the organisers of the Full Moon Fire Twirling, Rohan Dawes, said he was happy last night’s gathering was for Rhian.

He said although he did not know her personally he had seen her many times.



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