Memories of Mookie
Ben Edwards remembers his cousin Mookie. He was his friend and his hero and he shouldn't have died.
BEN EDWARDS: My cousin's name is Mookie. He's 26. He was born on Swan Hill. He's my hero. Mookie used to make me laugh. We used to have talks together. Every time he goes up the street, he'll let me go with him. I was happy to go, because I could spend more time with him. Mookie would ask me if I was hungry, and he would buy me a pie. Mookie was a good deadly BMX rider. He taught me how to ride a bike when I was on training wheels.
I used to hate it when he teased me. He makes me feel ashamed and upset. Every time he used to tease me, I used to say, how you feel teasing me now? Then he would just laugh. Mookie moves away to Woolongong. It made me feel angry and sad because I thought I wasn't going to see them again. He and his family came down to Swan Hill to stay for a few weeks. I was happy to see Mookie and his family again. But they went back to Woolongong. We visit not long after. We went BMX riding. We had fun like we used to. Mookie shouldn't have died.
He was a young man with a seven year old daughter. Mookie was a brother to me. He's my hero.