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Community mourns the loss of "jokester" Casey Stinson, 19

VALE: Casey Stinson.
VALE: Casey Stinson. Contributed

A WEEK has now passed since the horrific bus crash that claimed a life and impacted so many more.

Nineteen-year-old Casey Stinson succumbed to his injuries last Tuesday night and is remembered by family and friends as the bubbly teen he was.

"We just want to say he was well loved and he was happy and we want the community to remember him the way he was," older sister Shae Stinson said.

A Facebook page set up in Casey's memory already has more than 1600 likes.

Shae remembers Casey as having "the biggest heart".

"He was just a jokester, but so loving to his mum and his brother," she said.

"He was a little bit rough when he was younger but he was just starting to get his life together and he was going to TAFE.

"That's what he was doing - he was on his way home from TAFE when the bus crashed."

HOSPITAL: Samantha Smart.
HOSPITAL: Samantha Smart. Contributed

Casey's life will be remembered by family and friends on Friday during his funeral at the Proserpine Entertainment Centre from 10am.

Seventeen-year-old Matthew Edwards remains in Townsville Hospital, his condition having been downgraded from critical to stable.

Matthew was originally taken to Proserpine Hospital before being airlifted to Townsville.

Proserpine's Samantha Smart also remains in hospital, receiving treatment in Brisbane.

Sam has her 16-month-old son by her side, along with partner Eden Stefani.

"The baby's going great guns," Mr Stefani said.

"(Sam's) going okay.

"She just feels a bit hopeless, but she's doing well under the circumstances."

Sam's arm was injured in the crash, with doctors still uncertain how her recovery will progress.

"There's a possibility she might only get 10% use, up to 100% use, as some nerves have been severed," Mr Stefani said.
 

AT THE SCENE: Last week’s Whitsunday Times.
AT THE SCENE: Last week’s Whitsunday Times.

Mr Stefani expressed his condolences to the other families affected and praised the emergency services for their handling of the tragedy.

Whitsunday Senior Sergeant Nathan Blain thanked all those who lent a hand, saying "the quick and selfless actions of the volunteers was certainly noticed and truly appreciated."

He said some people may have difficulty coping with what they experienced.

"If so, do not be afraid to come into the station so we can assist you in getting appro

priate support."

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for Casey's funeral, while other pages will help pay the medical bills of Matthew and Sam.

Donate for Casey at http://www.gofundme.com/bhp69pws, Sam at www.gofund me.com/helpsam2016, and Matt at http://www.gofundme.com /wypeva58.

A barbecue and football game will be held at Spalla Park this Sunday to raise funds for Matt. Set-up is at 3pm for a 4pm football game, with a gold coin donation for the barbecue.

A music event will be held on Sunday, March 6, at the VMR Club from 4.30pm. The money raised will go to supporting the crash victims and families.

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