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‘Don’t be scared to ask for help’: Stefan Woodward’s loved ones speak out soon after death at Stereosonic

Updated December 06, 2015 18:35:11

The loved ones of a teenager who died at Adelaide’s Stereosonic music festival has paid tribute to a “fun-loving young man whose life had been reduce so tragically short”.

In a statement, the loved ones of 19-year-old Stefan Woodward urged for change at festivals, such as higher access to 1st aid and cost-free water, to make certain no other family members endures the same heartache.

Mr Woodward died on Saturday from a suspected drug overdose at the Adelaide leg of the festival.

Two other people stay in critical condition right after consuming drugs at the festival.

The same day, police released images of red and orange tablets stamped with dollar symbols, which had been identified on Mr Woodward.

“Our family members is devastated by our loss and we would do anything to have our son and brother back,” Mr Woodward’s mother, two brothers and stepfather stated in a statement.

“Stefan finished a visitors management training course on Friday and was excited about getting an apprenticeship.

“I preserve asking what could have stopped me from losing my son, and my other two sons from losing their darling brother.”

Mr Woodward worked at a supermarket whilst finishing Year 13 at Seaton Higher College, in Seaton, South Australia.

He was also heavily involved in the Woodville Lacrosse Club.

The club paid tribute to Mr Woodward, who played for the division one group, describing him as “a sharp-shooting left-handed attackman”.

Stefan Woodward Photo: Stefan Woodward loved to play lacrosse and was heavily invovled in the Woodville Lacrosse Club. (Supplied: Facebook )

Mr Woodward’s loved ones has urged pals to look out for each and every other and for occasion organisers to be greater ready with 1st aid in the future.

“Far more than anything I want anything great to come of this tragedy,” the loved ones stated.

“I want organisers of events like these to make certain there is adequate very first aid on offer to make confident that no-one particular gets turned away, and no-one feels they want to wait.

“I want pals to look right after each and every other and make certain it really is in no way regarded weak to ask for aid.

“I want authorities to make sure little ones are kept protected with cost-free water.

“And I want young boys and girls like Stefan to in no way be as well scared to ask for help.

“Mostly, I in no way want one more household to go by means of what we are going through subsequent now.”

Independent senator Nick Xenophon has known as for a coronial inquest into Mr Woodward’s death.

The death comes a week following 25-year-old Sylvia Choi died at the Sydney Stereosonic festival of a suspected overdose.

Subjects: drugs-and-substance-abuse, dance-music, carnivals-and-festivals, death, adelaide-5000

First posted December 06, 2015 18:33:52

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