Teenager killed on last day of school
JAXSON Bradey was excited about the future.
At 8am on Friday, the 15-year-old left home to catch a bus to Gympie's James Nash State High for his last day of school.
Hours later he was dead.
Jaxson was stabbed in the car park of Goldfield Plaza shopping centre in what appears to have been an unprovoked attack.
Yesterday, a 16-year-old boy charged with Jackson's murder, who cannot be identified because of his age, faced Gympie Children's Court and was remanded in custody to February 11.
As her son's alleged killer stood in the dock of the court, Tammy Bradey was at her Gympie home trying to come to terms with the sudden and violent death of her "darling boy".
"He was flamboyant, energetic and full of life," she said.
"Jaxson loved everybody - all people - and would do anything he could to help others.
"I'm still trying to make sense of what happened.
"It still hasn't sunk in that Jaxson's dead.
"How could someone do something like that? I've lost my faith in mankind."
Jaxson was one of Ms Bradey's 11 children and the eldest still at home.
He was idolised by his younger siblings and Ms Bradey said his death had rocked the close-knit family.
Before he left for school on Friday, Jaxson told his mum he loved her and promised to text her when he was ready to be picked up.
He had not intended to go to school and made the trip primarily to pick up his mobile phone, which had earlier been confiscated.
"School wasn't Jaxson's thing and next week I was going to help him find a job," Ms Bradey said.
"His resume was ready to go and he was so excited.
"Now he's dead.
"I feel so angry with myself - like I should have gone with him.
"Jaxson asked me to go but I was too busy.
"Everyone's trying to hold it together but I don't know how we're going to get through this."
Ms Bradey is no stranger to tragedy.
In 2002 she lost a five-year-old son to meningococcal.
She said Jaxson had helped her make it through that traumatic time and had always been able to make her smile.
"I take comfort in knowing Jackson was a gentle boy, not a fighter," she said.
"He was very kind and would take the shirt off his own back if someone needed it."
Ms Bradey hopes to bury her boy on Friday.
Jaxson was a first-year state emergency service cadet and members of the SES will form a guard of honour at his funeral.
"He was so proud to be a member of the SES and he loved being involved in the local community," Ms Bradey said.
"Jaxson will be in my heart forever."