Memorial to two boys, 6 and 7, killed in horror car crash catches on FIRE 'after a candle was lit in tribute' - burning the site where
Memorial to two boys, 6 and 7, killed in horror car crash catches on FIRE ‘after a candle was lit in tribute’ – burning the site where their father and family gathered in emotional scenes
- Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7, died in a horror car crash at Wellington, in NSW
- Alleged unlicensed driver Jacob Steven Donn, 25, was charged over their deaths
- A memorial to Sheldon and Shane at the scene of the crash caught fire on Friday
- Police believe the blaze was accidental and was started by candle laid in tribute
A makeshift memorial set up at the scene where two brothers were killed in a horrific crash has been destroyed by fire, much to the sadness of their father.
Fire crews arrived at Warne Street in Wellington, in central western NSW, about 1pm on Friday after reports the memorial to Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7, was alight.
The two young boys died last Tuesday after allegedly being rundown by unlicensed driver Jacob Donn, 25.
Photos showed flames roaring from the memorial, before locals rushed to extinguish it.
NSW Police were called to memorial site but don’t believe the blaze is suspicious and initial indications suggest it may have been caused by a candle.
A makeshift memorial set up at the site where brothers Sheldon, 6, and Shane Shorey, 7, were killed in a horrific crash last week has been destroyed by fire
The small memorial where Joseph Shorey gathered to remember his two boys was completely ruined by fire, but he has vowed to rebuild it
Mr Shorey drove through the night from Queensland last Tuesday after the deaths of Shane (left) and Sheldon (right)
‘About 12.50pm today emergency services responded to reports of a fire at a memorial site on Warne Street at Wellington,’ a police spokesperson said.
‘Officers attached to Orana-Mid Western Police District attended and are not treating the fire as suspicious.
‘It is believed the blaze was sparked by a candle at the site. the memorial was destroyed.’
Sheldon and Shane’s father Joseph Shorey told Daily Mail Australia he was shattered by the loss of the tributes to his boys.
Family, friends and local wellwishers had gathered around the father at that spot the day after the crash.
Together they sung the boys’ favourite songs, told stories and laid tributes, with Mr Shorey adamant he will rebuild the memorial.
The boys’ father Joseph Shorey (pictured in blue) made an emotional visit to the scene on Wednesday
Mr Shorey said his children were all incredible sporty and loved the outdoors, particularly playing rugby league and soccer in the background, and riding their bikes and scooters. Pictured on their scooters above are Shane (left) and Sheldon (right).
Jacob Donn was allegedly behind the wheel of an out-of-control Holden when it crashed into the two young boys. He is pictured with his great-grandmother Dawn Donn, who raised him
‘We put down crosses for Sheldon and Shane and they have been burnt apparently,’ he said.
‘But I’m coming down on Monday and we’ll rebuild it. Already a local company told me they will make more crosses, and we’ll go back and lay more flowers and toys.’
A GoFundMe page set up to assist Mr Shorey in paying for the funerals for his two boys has so far seen more than $23,500 donated.
NSW Police have warned those donating to Mr Shorey and the other survivors of the crash to ensure they watch out for fake fundraising pages.
Country music singer Jason Owen set up a fundraising effort for the families of the crash, but another fake page in his name was also started – duping donors.