Tears flow for top Turtle Tremaine
ON FRIDAY night he was on top of the world, having taken out the Spring Cup with his teammates.
Just over a day later he was gone.
Crashing down from a high after beating the Pythons 30-22, yesterday his fellow A grade Turtles rugby union players were mourning one of their own.
"This morning we lost a member of our family,” coach Luke McCloskey wrote on the team's Facebook page.
"He's got one of the most infectious smiles and pound for pound one of the toughest young men going around,” McCloskey wrote.
"It's with an empty heart and tears flowing, that the Turtles pass on our deepest condolences...We are all shattered by what's happened.”
His family and friends have requested privacy as they mourn the teenager.
Brothers Rugby League's Scooter Nicol offered sympathies to Tremaine's family and extended an invitation to a talk by NRL mentor Jason Fiddes.
"To all of our players, staff and supporters...On behalf of Brothers Rugby League, we offer our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the family of Tremaine Tairawhiti, who sadly passed away in the early hours of this morning,” he said.
"To his parents, Steve and Nadia - our club is behind you and your family and have our complete support.
"Remember, nobody walks alone! On Wednesday night at 6.30pm, we have a guest speaker at the Brothers Club, Jason Fiddes.
"Jason works for the NRL and will be speaking about many issues (including personal trauma and how to deal with critical incidents), drug and alcohol abuse.
"I ask that you all come along to listen, learn and support each other.
"We will all remember and honour our friend and brother!!
"Love and strength to you all.”
Police are continuing to investigate the incident which occurred near the club's sponsor, the Railway Hotel.
Yesterday they continued to speak to witnesses and were preparing a report for the coroner.
TRIBUTES FLOOD IN
Rest easy Tremaine, you were a great kid and known by so many.
You will never be forgotten.
Big support coming from the Goulding family to yours. My prayers are with your family.
Rest easy mate, you will be missed by many.
Thanks for being you mate, until we meet again.
You deserved so much more from life than what 17 years could have ever given you.
But I know that in all your greatness and incredible ability to brighten anyone's day, you have still managed to make your mark on this world and on everyone you once met.
Fly high brother.
Andrew Van Zanden
Rest easy big fella , much aroha to your whanau.
I (can't) even imagine the pain his family and beautiful girlfriend is in! Taken way to young.
He was such a sweet guy I don't understand. Heaven has gained another angel too soon.
Love you bro.